A musician of "outstanding brilliance" who had toured Europe, the United States, and Asia by the time he was 29.
He studied at the Conservatoire de Paris when he was 16, learning from such experts as Dominique Merlet and Marcel Ciampi.
He joined the faculty of École Normale de Musique de Paris.
His family started him in piano lessons when he was six. He didn't consider himself to be a child prodigy.
He recorded Frederic Chopin's waltzes and mazurkas, as well as the chamber version of the composer's first piano concerto.