Born in Lithuania, he affirmed himself by winning the gold medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1970. He possesses a vast repertoire ranging from early baroque to contemporary music. Winner of numerous prizes and awards, he has performed with such major orchestras as those of London, Paris, Chicago and Philadelphia, as well as with the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, working with conductors such as Rattle, Sawallisch, Rostropovich, Ashkenazy e Gergiev. He has recorded more than 80 CDs for which he has received great critical acclaim and prestigious awards, among them the Grand Prix du Disque for the twelve concerts by Boccherini under the direction of Bruno Giuranna.
He has been teaching at the Accademia Chigiana since 2005.