Graduate of the Moscow Conservatory studying under Eliso Virsaladze. In 1990 he took First Prize and a Gold Medal in the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition. Other prizes are ECHO Klassik, the Diapason d'Or, and the RTL d'Or. He is a Steinway Artist. He is a proponent of Nikolai Medtner's music, and due to his efforts the Medtner Festival was held in Russian cities from 2006 through 2011.