Skilled musician whose virtuosity impressed Vladimir Horowitz. He recorded such composers as Brahms and Schumann.
He started studying at the Lyons Conservatory when he was five, making his first official appearance when he was seven.
He experimented with jazz and opera as well, releasing recordings in both genres.
His father was a violinist, and his mother was a pianist, introducing her son to the instrument that would define his life.
He contributed to many film soundtracks, including 1996's The Portrait of a Lady starring Nicole Kidman.