Was born in Budapest, Hungary, commenced piano playing at age of four. He studied at the Bartók Conservatory piano and composition, later at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest piano and chamber-music with Kornél Zempléni, Ferenc Rados, György Kurtág, Andrés Mihály and Albert Simon. 1980-81 conducting with Karl Österreicher at the Music Academy in Vienna. He also took part in master classes of Jörg Demus.
Won the Special Prize of the Hungarian Radio's Piano Competition, 3. Prize of The International Liszt-Bartók Competition in Budapest, Hungary and 1. Prize of the International Chamber-Music Competition in Bloomington, USA.
Since 1974 he has performed internationally as a soloist with orchestras such as Dresdner Staatskapelle, Dresdner Philharminc Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Budapest Symphony, Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orch. Ljubjana etc., and with partners such as Eugen Jochum, Péter Eötvös, Iván and Ádám Fischer, Jörg Demus, Thomas Riebl, Andrés Keller, Stefan Ruha, Miklós Perényi, Erich Höbarth, Thomas Zehetmair, Andrés Schiff, The Bartók String Quartett, Pro Arte Quartett, Chicago Symphony Chamber Players and many others.
He forms since 1985 a Piano-Duo with his wife Tünde Kurucz.
He was piano professor at the Liszt Music Academy in Budapest, Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, and since 1990 at the Mozarteum in Salzburg where he recently lives.
Since his first visit in Japan 1976, he appears nearly in every year as panist and leads master-classes in this country. ( e.g. Toho Gakuen University, Showa University.)Since 2001 he is guest- professor of the University of Alcala de Henares, in Spain.
He was invited for master-classes to the Int. Bartók-Seminar in 1986, where he partidpatedin the following 15 years.He continued this work in 2006. He was one of the iniciator for the establishing of the Auer Summer-Academy for Music in Veszprém/ Hungary.
He published his own transcriptions at the Edition Simonffy ( Bach, Johann Strauss, Strawinsky, Richard Strauss etc.)
He arranged the piano-reduction of Péter Eötvös' Piano Concerto for Schott in 2006. His recordings appeared at Hungaroton, Denon, BMC , Preiser Records.
Since 2002 he is conductor of the Budapest Chamber Symphony.