He graduated from the Gnesin Academy of Music and completed post-graduate studies at the Moscow Conservatory. His career as a conductor commenced with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra at the invitation of Evgeny Mravinsky.
In 1974 he took charge of the State Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra of Moscow (now renamed the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow).
He has collaborated with Dmitri Shostakovich and Georgy Sviridov, and subsequently with David Rose, Krzysztof Penderecki, Vladimir Rubin and Ragnar Søderlind as he premiered their works. He has recorded many discs, among them operas and the great symphonic canvases of Russian and foreign composers.