Born in Moscow and educated at the Gnessin State Musical College (1971–88), she rose to prominence after winning the 1987 Concorso Busoni. This triumph opened up the Italian halls to her, and as soon as she graduated she embarked on a tour, debuting in the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. She finished with her German debut in Munich and she was immediately contracted by Deutsche Grammophon. She settled in Hamburg two years later, where she still lives with her husband and her two sons, Daniel and Anton. She has since had a successful concert career.
Brahms - Sonata for two pianos, op.34b, along with Martha Argerich. 2002, EMI.
Brahms - 1st Piano Concerto, op.15; Tragic Overture [4 hands Brahms' arrangement], along with Cord Garben. Hänssler Classic
Frédéric Chopin - 1st Piano Sonata, op.4; Mazurkas B. 4, 16, 73, 82, 85, 134, 140; Rondos op.1, 5., Waltzes in E flat major (op. posth KK 1237), and in A minor (op. posth, KK 1238-9), Deutsche Grammophon.