Winner of the gold medal at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in 1978, the first American violinist to ever take home the gold.
He began playing violin at the age of nine and attended the Hartt College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music.
He was awarded the most prestigious civilian honor in Portugal, the Order of Santiago.
He was born to two Portuguese immigrants in Naugatuck, Connecticut.
He was the recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize in 1983, six years after Andre-Michel Schub was given the award.