Born in 1955.
In 1978 he graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory.
2009–2010 — Artistic director of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow.
Among the main compositions are the opera Children of Rosenthal (2004), the ballets Lost Illusions (2011) and Opera (2013); Dar (1981), cantata to Derzhavin; Love and the Life of a Poet (1989), vocal cycle to poems by Kharms and Oleynikov; Lead Echo (1990) for voices and instruments for poems by J. M. Hopkins; The Rite of Winter 1949 (1998), symphony for choir, soloists and orchestra.
Since 1996, he has been intensively cooperating with Gidon Kremer as a composer (Wie der Alte Leiermann ...; the chamber version of Sketches for Zakat, Russian Seasons) and arranging the works of Astor Piazzola.
The author of music for feature films: Sunset (1990), Moscow Nights (1994), Hammer and Sickle (1994), Giselle’s Mania (1995), His Wife’s Diary (2000), Moscow (2000), Oligarch (2002), Target (2011) and others.
He lives in St. Petersburg.