He made his debut as a pianist at the age of 14 in a concert at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg and now has a career as a concertmaster of more than a quarter of a century. He has performed in prestigious venues such as the Berliner Philharmonie, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Lincoln Center in New York and the Grand National Theater of China in Beijing under the baton of directors such as V. Fedoseiev, J. Axelrod, M. Sanderling, F. Luisi, T. Hengelbrock, N. Järvi, V. Spivakov, I. Metzmacher, J. López Cobos, S. Young, P. Entremont, and J. van Zweeden. He often performs with violinist Daniel Hope, with whom he forms an acclaimed duo. He is also a frequent guest at major festivals around the world.
His repertoire is included in the more than fifteen recordings he has published so far, highlights the album Über Bach awarded with the Echo Klassik Prize 2017. Two of his very well known projects are Word Meets Music and the tribute he dedicated to George Gershwin in 1998. He is also an enthusiastic event organizer and in 2012 founded his own festival, the Mozartstadt Augsburg, where he is the artistic director.