Graduate of the Leningrad Conservatory specializing in viola and symphonic conducting. In 1969 he débuted at the Bolshoi Theatre, and in 1970 he was appointed its Principal Conductor. In 1998 he took charge of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been engaged for a series of opera productions in the world’s major theatres and has been a jury member for conducting competitions in Florence, Tokyo and Budapest.
He began teaching at the Moscow Conservatory in 1978 and since 2006 has taught at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory.