Pianist and conductor from Russia who has performed with renowned orchestras like the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is a multiple-time Grammy winner in the Best Chamber Music Performance and Best Instrumental Soloist Performance categories.
He attended Central Music School, where he studied with famed Armenian pianist Anaida Sumbatyan.
He became known for breaking with tradition by performing in a turtleneck rather than a suit and running, rather than walking, to and from his piano.
His mother is actress Yevstolia Grigorievna and his father is composer David Ashkenazi.
He won a Grammy for his 1979 collaborative album with violinist Itzhak Perlman.