An exclusive Decca artist, 2012 saw the release of Behzod Abduraimov’s debut recital CD featuring Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 6 and Saint Saëns’ Danse macabre.
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 Europe, orchestral debuts will include Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (Mozart Piano Concerto K466), Münchner Symphoniker (Chopin Piano Concerto No.2), Tivoli Concert Orchestra (Saint Saëns Piano Concerto No.2) and returns to the English Chamber Orchestra (Mozart Piano Concerto K466) at the Royal Festival Hall under Maxim Vengerov.
In North America he will perform as part of the Vancouver Recital Series, Ravinia Festival, Le Poission Rouge in New York and makes his debut with the Indianapolis Symphony under Krzysztof Urbański (Chopin Piano Concerto No.2).
Last season he made debuts with the Tokyo Symphony (Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1), Atlanta Symphony (Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No.1) and NAC Ottawa orchestras (Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3) as well as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo (Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No. 2) and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra at Zurich's Tonhalle (Mozart's Piano Concerto K466). He also embarked on a major recital and concerto tour of Australia including performances with the Sydney Symphony.
As a result of his sensational win at the London International Piano Competition he has performed with London Philharmonic Orchestra and was immediately re-invited following his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He has the major support of Vladimir Ashkenazy; other conductor collaborations include Charles Dutoit, Pinchas Zuckerman, Vasily Petrenko, Michael Christie, Krzysztof Urbański, Michael Stern and Alexander Lazarev.
“[Abduraimov’s] recital at the Queen Elizabeth Hall was the venue’s best of the year. This young Uzbek, who burst on the scene when he won the London International Piano Competition, seems equal to any challenge.” (Michael Church, International Piano, March/April 2013)
“Abduraimov delivers a perfect legato touch. Shimmeringly decorative up-and-down-scale figurations adorn tuneful melodies, all nicely nuanced, sparkling with energy, drive and verve.” (Tom Aldridge, NUVO (Indianapolis), March 2013)
“Youth exploded as sheer genius in the form of the Tashkent-born (1990) Behzod Abduraimov’s recent appearance here [International Piano Series, Southbank Centre, London]. While the lyric line of his Schubert Sonata in A, D664, was effortless and consummate, his Beethoven Appassionata Sonata was so vehemently expressive that he seemed to be taking music off the very edges of the keyboard, himself nearly falling from his seat. He impressed, too, with ultra-virtuosic Liszt in the second half. But spontaneity, not “cleverness”, was the dominant note.” (Paul Driver, The Sunday Times, December 2012)
"His Danse Macabre sends chills down the spine, and the Mephisto Waltz is utterly engaging, presented with rock-solid technique. Similarly, Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No 6 and Liszt’s Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude reveal Abduraimov’s intellectual curiosity and an artistry that can only blossom.” (International Piano Magazine, September 2012)
“He has the neuro-motor responses of a jungle cat and the energy reserves of an Olympic athlete on peak form…It is easy to imagine how thrilling the Prokofiev Third Concerto, with which Abduraimov won his First Prize in the 2009 London International Competition, must have been...Abduraimov’s Danse macabre glitters like a diamond: clean, pristine and capable of cutting through glass. (International Record Review, September 2012)
"...a light, transparent touch and immaculately controlled pyrotechnics...La benediction de Dieu is conceived with such refined attention to pace and detail that the poetry is fully released, with the sound possessing a silky sheen; the Mephisto Waltz is a reminder of the high-octane virtuosity which brought him to international attention in the first place.” (BBC Music Magazine, August 2012)
“Here is a good-themed programme from this 20-year-old Uzbek newcomer of ‘demonic dances, God and war, combining technical virtuosity with music fireworks’ … he’s a new face on the scene with bags of talent whose future will be well worth following.” (Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone, August 2012)
“His debut disc naturally includes plenty that shows off his virtuosity, but music of greater emotional complexity lies at the heart of his programme. Prokofiev’s Sixth Sonata, a complex mix of mood, has kaleidoscopic colour, fierce intensity and, notably in that aching slow-movement waltz, genuine soul.” (The Sunday Times, July 2012)
"Abduraimov is a young master, that is clear...[the disc features] some of the most limpid piano playing these ears have recently heard...The cavernous roar from Abduraimov’s Steinway beggars belief at some points...[he delivers] Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No 1 in another tumultuous performance. For someone still so young, Abduraimov commands both registers with awesome ease. There’s a big natural talent at work here." (The Times, June 2012)
“His Danse Macabre has a neurotic, sinister air...and he tackles Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No 6 with both youthful eagerness and maturity. That maturity is even more evident in Liszt's reflective Bénédiction de Dieu dans la Solitude, whose subtle shifts of timing and emphasis he negotiates with apparently effortless command.” (The Independent, June 2012)
“Two years ago, the London press went as far as comparing Abduraimov with the legendary Vladimir Horowitz and putting him near the head of the queue to make Lang Lang’s pedestal wobble. Abduraimov’s performance of the Liszt/Horowitz arrangement of Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre substantiated their meaning: the technical challenges were met with jaw-dropping ease, a complete absence of shallow showmanship and a masterly control of the dynamics...” (South China Morning Post, March 2012)
“Abduraimov showed fearless athleticism matched with pearly articulacy. Abduraimov effortlessly nourished the mood and length of Liszt’s Benediction de Dieu dans la Solitude while stressed on the tonal beauty of the piece, totally spell-binding. Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1 was equally stunning with scrupulous timing, nicely judged rubato and thoughtful poetry. Age 21 or not, this recital was an outstanding Hong Kong debut!” (Time Out Hong Kong, March 2012)
"Just 21, Abduraimov played with the authority and insight of an arrived master, informing everything with extraordinary tonal beauty and expressiveness...concertgoers on Friday could not contain themselves after the first movement. Even conductor Alexander Lazarev joined in the spontaneous eruption of applause for Abduraimov." (The West Australian, March 2012)
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