He was trained at the Moscow Conservatory under Lev Vlassenko, graduating in 1975. That same year he won the Vianna da Motta International Music Competition and was appointed a teacher at the Novosibirsk Conservatory. In 1989 he was promoted to the Latvian Academy of Music, where he held a professorship and led the piano department. He served subsequently as the president of the European Piano Teachers Association's Latvian branch.
|1968||23x15px II Ciurlionis iRPC||3rd Prize||ex aequo with 23x15px Raimonda Šeinfeld|
|1975||23x15px VI Vianna da Motta IMC||1st Prize||ex aequo with 23x15px William de Van|
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