Cellist, Head of the St. Petersburg House of Music
Graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory studying under Anatoly Nikitin. In 1980 he took Third Prize at the Prague Spring International Cello Competition. From 1984 to 2003 he was lead soloist and concertmaster for the cello section of the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra. He is equally at home as soloist or conductor. Since 2006 he has headed the Saint Petersburg House of Music, which supports and advances younger musicians.