Born in Russia, he studied at St Petersburg State Conservatory and the Conservatory for Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. In 1996 he was appointed Concert Master for the Kirov Orchestra at the Mariinsky Theatre by Valery Gergiev. He has appeared as a guest leader with the LSO, BBC SO, LPO, Philharmonia, RPO, WDR SO, Cologne, and Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich. As a soloist he has performed at the Usher Hall, the White Nights, Edinburgh and Cortona festivals and throughout Russia, Europe and the USA under conductors including Gergiev, Pappano and Noseda. He has won several awards in Italy and Spain and was a member of the Hermitage String Trio. He has recorded the world premieres of several violin concertos with the Royal Northern Sinfonia under Martin Yates (Dutton Epoch). He joined the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House as Associate Concert Master in 2003, was made Co-Concert Master in 2009 and Concert Master in 2018.