Graduated from the Moscow Conservatory studying under Alexei Nasedkin. In 1982 he was victorious at the VII International Tchaikovsky Competition sharing the Second Prize with Peter Donohoe (the First Prize was not awarded). In 1987 he won the Leeds International Piano Competition in the UK. Since 1996 he has taught at the Conservatory. He is a People's Artist of Russia and Professor and Director of the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory.