Graduated from the Moscow Conservatory studying under Mstislav Rostropovich. In 1970 he took First Prize and a Gold Medal at the IV International Tchaikovsky Competition. He has resided in Germany since 1975. He has given the world premieres of many avant-garde compositions by Russian and Lithuanian composers. He is also a conductor, and for many years has provided instruction in cello technique. He has received the Lithuanian government's highest awards for promoting interest in Lithuanian music.