Eclectic musician who was regarded as one of the Soviet Union's greatest musicians. He perfected the art of transcription.
He won fourth prize at the 1927 International
He became a sought-after educator whose many students included such well-known musicians as Gleb Axelrod, Sergei Dorensky, Regina Shamvili, and Sulamita Aronovsky.
His mother was his first piano teacher.
He was accepted into Moscow Conservatory as one of Alexander Goldenweiser's students.