Tim Lihoreau spoke to the rising star Behzod Abduraimov ahead of his Classic FM Live debut performance.
Behzod Abduraimov (1990 - present) is a young pianist from Uzbekistan who has been wowing audiences worldwide with a series of electrifying performances.
Life and music
- Behzod Abduraimov was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan 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.
- At the age of 18, Behzod achieved a sensational victory in the 2009 London International Piano Competition, winning first prize with an exhilarating performance which The Telegraph's Music critic Michael White described as "the most enthralling roller-coaster ride of a Prokofiev 3rd Concerto imaginable".
- His win resulted in invitations to work with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he gave a breathtaking performance of Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2. He has also toured to China and Kuala Lumpur with the Sydney Symphony under Vladimir Ashkenazy to great critical acclaim and made a triumphant Wigmore Hall debut in May 2010.
Did you know?
Behzod made his first performance as a soloist at the age of eight with the National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan.
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