He was born in Leningrad. He studied piano and conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. He has been chief conductor of the Voronezh Philharmonic Orchestra since 1972, and conducts other Russian orchestras. From 1982 to 1984 he was the chief conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic. He has recorded widely.
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