Performance Wednesday, February 18, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Behzod Abduraimov

Weill Recital Hall
The Independent wrote of the young Uzbek piano sensation Behzod Abduraimov, “what drove the audience wild was his winning amalgam of fire and poetry.” Abduraimov makes his eagerly awaited New York recital debut in a program that showcases these remarkable talents. He performs Chopin’s complete Ballades, works that are both lyrical and startlingly dramatic; Debussy’s tender Children’s Corner, inspired by the composer’s young daughter; and Ravel’s masterpiece of mood and color, Gaspard de la nuit.

Part of Salon Encores.


  • Behzod Abduraimov, Piano
    New York Recital Debut


  • CHOPIN Ballade No. 1 in G Minor
  • CHOPIN Ballade No. 2 in F Major
  • CHOPIN Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major
  • CHOPIN Ballade No. 4 in F Minor
  • SCHUBERT Impromptu in G-flat Major, D. 899, No. 3
  • SCHUBERT Impromptu in E-flat Major, D. 899, No. 2
  • RAVEL Gaspard de la nuit

  • Encore:
  • SCRIABIN Etude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 2, No. 1

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Behzod Abduraimov

    Behzod Abduraimov's captivating performances have won him high critical praise.An exclusive Decca Classics recording artist, he has worked with orchestras that include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Krzysztof Urbański, Vasily Petrenko, James Gaffigan,Osmo Vänskä,Charles Dutoit, and Vladimir Jurowski.

    In North America this season, Mr. Abduraimov has recently appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Juanjo Mena and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Andrey Boreyko. He made his concerto debut at Carnegie Hall in January as part of a major US tour with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev.

    In Europe this season, his engagements include his debut with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Jiří Bělohlávek, the Mariinsky Orchestra's Prokofiev piano concerto cycle at the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm, performances at the Vienna Konzerthaus and Konzerthaus DortmundunderMr. Gergiev, and a return to the London Philharmonic Orchestraconducted byDavid Zinman. His recitals include returns to London's Wigmore Hall and Paris's Musée du Louvre in addition to performances in Italy and Spain. Mr. Abduraimov also tours to China with the London Philharmonic Orchestra underVassily Sinaisky andmakes his debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic under Thomas Dausgaard.

    In fall 2014, Decca released his second album, featuring Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI conducted by Juraj Valčuha. His debut recitaldisc in 2012won both the Choc de Classica and the Diapason Découverte awards.

    Mr. Abduraimov was a pupil of Tamara Popovich at the Uspensky State Central Lyceum in Tashkent and studied with Stanislav Iudenitch at the International Center for Music at Park University, Kansas City, where he is now artist-in-residence.

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Saint-Saens's Danse Macabre
Behzod Abduraimov, Piano

At a Glance

There are many interesting connections and comparisons among the composers and works featured on tonight’s program. Chopin’s ballades and Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit germinated from a poetic impulse, while Schubert’s impromptus had no extra-musical inspiration. The works by Chopin and Schubert exemplify the Romantic genre of the self-contained piano miniature, while Ravel’s impressionist work is structured in three movements. What all these works share, however, is their ability to stand alone as virtuoso masterworks, presenting both technical and musical challenges to the performer at every turn.
Program Notes
Distinctive Debuts is supported, in part, by endowment gifts from The Lizabeth and Frank Newman Charitable Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
This performance is part of Distinctive Debuts.

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