Born in urban-type settlement UAZ, Kamensky district, Sverdlovsk region. Graduated from Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (1968). Completed his postgraduate education at the Conservatory in 1971. Ph.D.: «Piano Concert. On History and Theory of Genree» (scientific advisor prof. V.V.Protopopov). Doctor of Fine Arts; thesis «Theoretical principies of 20th Century Polyphony» (1995). Has been teaching at the Moscow Conservatory, the Music Theory Subdeepartment (polyphony, harmony) since 1971. Professor (since 1996).