Violinist who was the recipient of a 1987 People's Artist of the U.S.S.R. honor and winner of the Order of Service to the Fatherland.
He attended the Moscow Central School of Music at the age of ten and went on to win first prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1966.
He has taught at the Moscow State Conservatory.
His has one daughter with his wife Natalia.
He is partial to romantic violin concertos, like the work composed by Dmitri Shostakovich.