Violinist, Conductor and Teacher
Violinist, conductor, teacher, and public spokesman for various causes. He began his training with Zakhar Bron in Novosibirsk and after 1989 continued studying with him in Lübeck, Germany. He became internationally famous in 1990 after winning the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition in London after which he went on to perform at the most prominent venues around the world. In 2007 he made his conducting début at Carnegie Hall with the Verbier Festival Orchestra. He is a professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Saarbrücken, the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the Menuhin Academy in Switzerland. He is a frequent winner of coveted prizes such as the Grammy, ECHO Klassik Award, and the Diapason d'Or.