Star Pianist Behzod Abduraimov Returns to Carnegie Hall

Behzod Abduraimov

Behzod Abduraimov

Behzod Abduraimov, 29, is set to return to Carnegie Hall on Oct. 25 & Dec. 10 

Carnegie Hall will, once again, have its stage graced with the presence of well-known, 29-year-old Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov—twice times, actually. Abduraimov will first wow an audience on the Stern Auditorium Perelman Stage on October 25 at 8 PM with a soloist in the vibrant Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1. Then, he’ll perform this again, on Oct. 27, accompanied by the Philharmonic at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Finally, he will return to the stage again on Dec. 10 to perform a solo program designed to display his vast range, his musical intelligence, and an unmatched virtuosity that has won him the reputation as “the most perfectly accomplished pianist of his generation,” (The Independent).

It’s Abduraimov’s talent, dedication, and virtuosity that have established him as one of the current generation’s most outstanding pianists. Following his debut to Carnegie Hall in November of 2016, Abduraimov’s talents were praised by a myriad of publications, including (but not limited to) the New York Times. In their review, the Times said “Yes, he dispatched ‘Islamey’ faster than anyone I’ve heard, his forearms a hummingbird blur in the grueling passagework. But his swift rise on the concert scene — this appearance on the main Stern Auditorium stage here came less than two years after his recital debut at the intimate Weill Recital Hall — is due as much to his profound musicality as to his power and speed.” 

It’s that technique, that fiery stage presence, that speed, and that zeal that has made Abduraimov one of the most demanded pianists in well-known concert halls the entire world through. 

In a recent press notice, Abduraimov describes the choices for his programming for his Dec. 10 performance.

"I built this program on miniatures, beginning with a kaleidoscope of all kinds of human emotions. Chopin was the first to establish the prelude as an independent music form. The challenge of the 24 Preludes is the rapidly changing contrasts, with each individual prelude has a different musical essence, as well as constructing an arch from the first to the last preludes,” he said. 

“Then I continue with miniatures, but also program music. Debussy's charming set of six pieces was dedicated to his daughter, not only to entertain her but as a means of Debussy himself seeing the world through a child's eye. I see these as pieces for adults to immerse themselves, too, into the world of children with some nostalgia, and of course, humor. Finally, we have Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition which are highly imaginative and give the performer the freedom to make music according to actual images and description."

For specific details surrounding each of Abduraimov’s performance for Carnegie Hall in 2019, please see below: 

Carnegie Hall - Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
Friday, October 25, 2019 at 8:00PM
MUNICH PHILHARMONIC
VALERY GERGIEV, music director and conductor
BEHZOD ABDURAIMOV, piano
TCHAIKOVSKY 
Piano Concerto No. 1
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 7

New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Prudential Hall
Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 3:00PM
MUNICH PHILHARMONIC
VALERY GERGIEV, music director and conductor
BEHZOD ABDURAIMOV, piano

MENDELSSOHN: Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream
TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1 
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No.5

Carnegie Hall - Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 8:00PM
BEHZOD ABDURAIMOV, piano
CHOPIN 
Twenty-Four Preludes, Op. 24
DEBUSSY Children’s Corner
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition

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