“The technique of the pianist was brilliant…, his tone clear and sustaining. He positively sings on the piano.”
Behzod Abduraimov, piano
January 29, 2019, 7:30pm
CABELL HALL AUDITORIUM, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Principal Underwriter: Vesta Lee Gordon
Wagner/Liszt Isoldens Liebestod
Liszt B minor Sonata
Prokofiev 10 pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 7
Behzod Abduraimov has worked with leading orchestras worldwide. These include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, NHK Symphony and Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestras, and prestigious conductors including Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Manfred Honeck, Vasily Petrenko, James Gaffigan, Jakub Hrůša and Vladimir Jurowski.
Following his spectacular debut at the BBC Proms with the Münchner Philharmoniker under Gergiev in July 2016, Behzod immediately returned in July 2017. This was followed by his debuts at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and Rheingau Musik Festivals.
Upcoming European highlights include the Lucerne Festival, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Philharmonia, Czech Philharmonic, and BBC Symphony orchestras. Recent notable dates include NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester as part of the Elbphilharmonie opening, and the London Symphony Orchestra. In recital he is one of the featured artists for the Junge Wilde series at the Konzerthaus Dortmund and will be presented in recital at the main halls of the Barbican, London, and Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Behzod will also collaborate in recital with the cellist Truls Mørk, which will see them on tour in Europe and the US.
In North America Behzod appears at the Hollywood Bowl, Blossom and Ravinia Festivals. He will make his debut with the San Francisco Symphony and returns to both the Dallas and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras. Last season, Behzod gave his Stern Auditorium recital following his debut success at Carnegie Hall in 2015 and has appeared in concerts with the Houston Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Minnesota Orchestra.
An award-winning recording artist – his debut recital CD won both the Choc de Classica and the Diapason Découverte – Behzod released his first concerto disc in 2014 on Decca Classics which features Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3 and Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No.1 with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai under Juraj Valčuha.
Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in 1990, Behzod began to play the piano at the age of five as a pupil of Tamara Popovich at Uspensky State Central Lyceum in Tashkent. He is an alumnus of Park University’s International Center for Music where he studied with Stanislav Ioudenitch, and now serves as the ICM’s artist-in-residence.