Born in Lithuania, he won 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 and Gergiev. He has recorded more than 100 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 received the Echo Klassik prize for two years in a row: in 2013 for the best recording of chamber music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and in 2014 for the best recording of chamber music from the nineteenth century. He has been teaching at the Accademia Chigiana since 2005.