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BEHZOD’S BACK! After a stunning debut performance for the VRS with one of the most wildly enthusiastic responses ever from our audience, we re-engaged the young Uzbek pianist right away. Abduraimov is on the precipice of what is sure to be a long career of great music-making and achievement.
“What drove the Southbank audience wild was his winning amalgam of fire and poetry.” – The Independent, London
Sonata for Piano no. 12 in A flat major, Op. 26
Fantasia in F minor, op 49
Saint-Saens arr Liszt/Horowitz
Danse Macabre Op.40
Impromptu op. 90 No. 3 G flat
Impromptu op. 90 No. 2 E flat major D899
Gaspard de la Nuit
An exclusive Decca artist, Behzod Abduraimov is an artist establishing an impressive reputation for electrifying audiences with his captivating performances. Engagements this season include recitals at London’s International Piano Series, Milan’s La Societa dei Concerti, his Austrian debut at the Klangraum, Waidhofen and he will appear in Hamburg, Berlin and Dusseldorf. In North America he will perform as part of the Vancouver Recital Series, Ravinia Festival, Le Poisson Rouge in New York and makes his debut with the Indianapolis Symphony (under Krzysztof Urbański) and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Vasily Petrenko). Other debuts include Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Münchner Symphoniker, Tivoli Concert Orchestra and a return to the English Chamber Orchestra.
During the 2011/12 season Behzod Abduraimov made debuts with Atlanta, Tokyo and Kansas City symphony orchestras, NAC Orchestra Ottawa (as part of their Russian Festival), Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (under the auspices of the Orpheum Foundation) and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, as well as embarking on a highly successful tour of Australia which included the Sydney Symphony, the Adelaide and West Australian Symphony orchestras, in addition to recitals in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Further plans include performances with the Netherlands Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic and NHK Symphony orchestras. He has the major support of Vladimir Ashkenazy and other collaborations include Charles Dutoit, Pinchas Zukerman, Vasily Petrenko, Michael Christie, Krzysztof Urbański, Michael Stern and Alexander Lazarev.
At the age of 18, Behzod achieved a sensational victory in the 2009 London International Piano Competition, winning first prize with his thrilling performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. This resulted in invitations to work with the Royal Philharmonic and London Philharmonic orchestras, where he gave a breathtaking performance of Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2. He also toured China and Kuala Lumpur with the Sydney Symphony under Vladimir Ashkenazy to great critical acclaim. Following their successful collaboration, they appeared again as part of the 2010 Musikfest Bremen. Behzod has also appeared at the Piano Olympics in Bad Kissingen (where he won first prize), the BOZAR in Brussels and made a triumphant Wigmore Hall debut in May 2010.
Behzod Abduraimov was born in Tashkent in 1990 and began to play the piano at the age of five. He was a pupil of Tamara Popovich at the Uspensky State Central Lyceum in Tashkent, and is currently at the International Center for Music at Park University, Kansas City studying with Stanislav Ioudenitch.
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