Perhaps The Telegraph said it best: “For all the drama, aural spectacle and electricity in his playing, it’s substantial, disciplined, and accurate. He doesn’t splash, he doesn’t fake. It’s real.” Despite flattering comparisons to Horowitz and Cortot, this young Uzbek pianist holds his own, shining with incredible energy and making big impressions with audiences.
“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
Schubert: Sonata in A major, D.664
Beethoven: Sonata no.23 op.57 “Appasionata”
Liszt: Scherzo and March
Liszt: Mephisto waltz no.1
An exclusive Decca artist, Behzod Abduraimov’s debut recital CD will be released later this season. Still only 21, debuts in 2011/12 include dates 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 will also embark on a major recital and concerto tour of Australia including performances with the Sydney Symphony. Further ahead he will give recitals at London’s International Piano Series, Milan’s La Societa dei Concerti and at the Gilmore Rising Star and Vancouver Recital series.
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, Michael Christie, Krzysztof Urbański, Michael Stern and Alexander Lazarev.