1996 : Tour in Europe in January and February (Spain, Switzerland, France) with recitals at the Palau de la Música, Tonhalle and Salle Gaveau. Performs the prelude dedicated to him by Dutilleux for the first time. Concerts in Italy and the Netherlands in autumn.                    1997: Year disrupted by major hand surgery on thumb. Concerts in Italy, Poland and England. Participates in the Evian Festival, playing with Stern, Bashmet and Rostropovich. In autumn, recital at the Kennedy Center.

With Bashmet and Rostropovich