Directed the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He won the 1973 International Beethoven Piano Competition and the 1975 Bösendorfer Competition.
He received an Austrian government scholarship that took him to Vienna where he studied Beethoven with German pianist Wilhelm Kempff.
He co-founded the Dublin International Piano Competition and served as Artistic Director and Chairman of the Jury.
His family was residing in Dublin, the town of the hurdled ford and Ireland's capital and most populous city, when he was born.
He recorded all of John Field's Concertos, Sonatas, and Nocturnes, the latter of which was a multi-week hit on Billboard Magazine's classical charts.