Renowned musician, conductor, and composer who won the 1978 Gold Medal at the VI International Tchaikovsky Competition.
He studied with the famed
He conducted a meaningful recitation of A German Requiem by Brahms in 2011 with Staatskapelle Dresden in memory of the Dresden firestorm.
His family was musical: his father was a bayan player and teacher, and his mother was a pianist.
He idolized Sergei Rachmaninoff and modeled both his teaching and his performances after the master.