One of the greatest composers in the history of Latvian music. He wrote six symphonies and several operas during his career that spanned several decades.
He wrote "Hey, You There!," the first rock opera in the USSR. Historians regarded him as the first composer of intellectual rock music.
He headed 2xBBM, the Liepāja rock band of the 1960s.
He grew up with his family in Riga, Latvia.
He and Alexander Tamir were both well-known composers from Latvia.