Born in Milan into a family of musicians, he enjoyed a formal musical education in Rome. He was one of the founders of “I Musici” and was a member of the Trio Italiano d’Archi. He has performed as a soloist with the major European orchestras, from the Berlin Philharmonics to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, under the direction of such artists as Claudio Abbado, Sergiu Celibidache, John Barbirolli, Carlo Maria Giulini and Riccardo Muti.
He has won prestigious prizes for his recordings, which have brought him together with such musicians as Henryk Szeryng, Franco Gulli, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Mstislav Rostropovich.
His impressive teaching activity ranges from the Royal Academy of Music of London to the Hochschule der Künste of Berlin, and from the Stauffer Foundation of Cremona to the Marlboro Festival in the United States.
He has been teaching at the Accademia Chigiana since 2004 after having taught there from 1966 to 1984.