Behzod Abduraimov - Biography

When pianist Behzod Abduraimov won First Prize in the 2009 London International Piano Competition at the age of 18, critics and audiences were united in their conviction that here was a young artist to watch. He signed exclusively to Decca, and released a recital disc of Prokofiev, Liszt and Saint-Saëns which established him as one of the rising stars of his generation. “He has the neuro-motor responses of a jungle cat and the energy reserves of an Olympic athlete on peak form,” said International Record Review.

In September 2014, he releases a recording of the work which brought his triumph in London, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 3, coupled with a dazzling performance of Tchaikovsky’s First.

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, gold medallist of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Abduraimov and Ioudenitch played together in a special Van Cliburn tribute concert at the university in April 2014.

In the five years since his competition victory, Abduraimov’s diary has filled with a schedule of appearances with the world’s top orchestras and conductors. In Europe he was Artist-in-Residence with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Marc Albrecht and made a triumphant debut at the Wigmore Hall in London. He opened the 2013/14 season of Milan’s La Societa dei Concerti, and made his debuts at the Louvre Paris, Festival Piano aux Jacobins and the Mariinsky Theatre. In spring 2014 he made his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Lorin Maazel and he went on to make a tour of China with the orchestra and Charles Dutoit. 2014 included a return visit to Australia following his triumphant debut there in 2012 and features appearances across Europe, the USA and Asia.

He returns to China in January 2015 for concerto appearances with the London Philharmonic under Vassily Sinaisky and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Thomas Dausgaard before returning to the USA to play with the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre St Petersburg under Valery Gergiev. The Prokofiev Third Concerto features frequently in his programme.

Abduraimov’s career started with sensational success, prompting the Independent to ask: “Could this fresh-faced child be a new Horowitz?” He has paced his progress intelligently and promises much for the future. As International Piano put it, he has an “intellectual curiosity and an artistry that can only blossom”.