July 23, 2019
Season Preview: Behzod Abduraimov
The young Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov continues to delight audiences and critics alike, enjoying a growing chorus of acclaim rarely bestowed on a 28-year-old. He has justly been called “the most perfectly accomplished pianist of his generation” (The Independent, UK), and he will accomplish this season what many pianists fail to achieve over the course of a lifetime: two concerts at Carnegie Hall, both in the majestic Stern Auditorium. He has earned that privilege with performances that display immense musicality, phenomenal technique and breath-taking delicacy, exciting audiences in large halls and bringing a fresh perspective to each program. NRC Handelsblad in the Netherlands was not engaging in hyperbole when they wrote, “Abduraimov can do anything,… His secret: authenticity, control and a velvet pianissimo.” 

For his first concert this season at Carnegie, in October, he joins the Munich Philharmonic, conducted by Valery Gergiev, for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto #1 (a piece he recorded on Decca Classics with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai under Juraj Valčuha), and appears with them again two days later at NJ PAC in Newark. In December, Abduraimov returns to Carnegie Hall for a solo recital in Stern Auditorium with a program of music by Chopin, Debussy and Mussorgsky. 

In 2009, Abduraimov won First Prize at the London International Piano Competition, and his debut recital CD in 2012 won both the Choc de Classica and the Diapason Découverte. In 2018, his impressive debut at the BBC Proms with the Munich Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev was released as a DVD, and more recordings are due out this season.

In addition to having performed dozens of times with Valery Gergiev, Abduraimov performs regularly on the world’s major concert stages as a recitalist and with premier orchestras, including Orchestre de Paris, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl. 


October 25, 2019
Munich Philharmonic
Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor

TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto #1

December 10, 2019
Recital, Stern Auditorium

CHOPIN 24 Preludes, Op. 28
DEBUSSY Children’s Corner
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition

Additional US Concerts 2019-2020

October 27 / NJPAC, Newark, NJ / with Munich Philharmonic
December 7 / Soka Performing Arts, Aliso Viejo, CA* 
January 10-11 / Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra / Rachmaninov Piano Concerto #2
January 15 / Sarasota Concert Association*
January 19 / Spivey Hall Atlanta* 

*Program is the same as Carnegie Hall recital: Chopin/Debussy/Mussorgsky

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