Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 26, No. 12
Sonata in F minor, Op. 57, No. 23, Appassionata
Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Impromptu in G-flat Major, Op. 90, No. 3
Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
Gaspard de la nuit
An exclusive Decca artist, Behzod Abduraimov is establishing an impressive reputation for electrifying audiences with his captivating performances.
In 2013–2014, he makes his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Lorin Maazel which will be followed by a high profile tour of China. He also debuts with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (as artist-in-residence) and with the NHK Symphony Orchestra. In recital, he returns to Milan’s La Societa dei Concerti to open their season, and makes a number of French debuts including the Louvre Paris, La Roque d’Anthéron, Le Festival de Radio France et Montpellier and Piano aux Jacobins. In North America he returns to the Vancouver Recital Series and to Kansas City Symphony. He has recently worked with the Indianapolis and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras and NAC Orchestra Ottawa (as part of their Russian Festival). He has also made his recital debut at the Ravinia Festival.
Engagements elsewhere have included a triumphant Wigmore Hall debut, Bozar, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tivoli Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a major of tour of Australia including Sydney Symphony, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (under the auspices of the Orpheum Foundation) and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo. Conductor collaborations include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Krzysztof Urbański, Vasily Petrenko, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Jurowski, David Zinman, Andrey Boreyko and Pinchas Zuckerman.
Abduraimov released his debut recital CD on Decca in 2012, which won both the Choc de Classica and the Diapason Découverte. Future recording plans include a concerto disc with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai under Juraj Valčuha.
At age Eighteen, Abduraimov 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, which he did to great success. 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.
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.