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Guest Musicians 2017

Behzod Abduraimov

piano

Described by The Times as the “master of all he surveys” and with The Washington Post noting to “keep your ear on this one”, Behzod Abduraimov’s captivating performances continue to receive international praise.

Recent seasons have seen Mr Abduraimov work with leading orchestras worldwide, such as 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 Hrusa, Thomas Dausgaard and Vladimir Jurowski. Last season he made his debut with the Münchner Philharmoniker under Gergiev featuring in their new 360-degree Festival and subsequently made his BBC Proms debut with them.

Upcoming European highlights include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio, Philharmonia, Czech Philharmonic and earlier this season he appeared with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester as part of the Elbphilharmonie opening. 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.

In North America this season’s recitals have included the Stern Auditorium following his debut success at Carnegie Hall in 2015, and for the Cliburn Concerts, Carolina Performing Arts and the Vancouver Recital series. This summer he will appear at the Hollywood Bowl, Blossom and Ravinia Festivals. Forthcoming engagements include San Francisco Symphony and returns to Dallas and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras.

An award-winning recording artist – his debut recital CD won both the Choc de Classica and the Diapason Découverte – Mr Abduraimov 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 Abduraimov 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.

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