Even in an overwhelmingly impressive field of great pianists, Behzod Abduraimov earns such uncommonly high praise as “the most perfectly accomplished pianist of his generation” (Paul Horsley of The Independent). His concerts at Carnegie Hall have earned acclaim bordering on disbelief: “Wow. Just Wow.,” read the headline of The New Criterion’s review of his 2019 recital. During last Friday’s concert in a nearly sold-out Stern Auditorium, Behzod’s varied program of Franck, Ravel, Price, and Prokofiev, plus the Carnegie Hall premiere of a late-20th-century piece by Dilorom Saidaminova, literally brought down the house for 20 minutes after he completed his concert. The exuberant crowd pleaded for three encores and nine curtain calls!
Behzod is an alum of Park University’s International Center for Music and its Artist-in-Residence. He came to Kansas City in 2006 to study with Park ICM’s founder and artistic director, Stanislav Ioudenitch. With every performance in far reaches of the world, Behzod brings international attention and acclaim to our boutique conservatory in the Midwest.
To experience our famed alum, a nice contingency of ICM Patrons travel to support him and even stayed late to greet the virtuoso at a Park University sponsored reception in Carnegie’s Shorin Club Room. The famed Uzbeki composer, Dilorom Saidaminova, was even in attendance to witness her creation’s Carnegie Hall debut, and hang out with the Kansas City crowd. Congratulations, Behzod!
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Gramophone Editor’s Choice: February 2024 | The best new classical recordings – In every issue of Gramophone, Editor Martin Cullingford chooses 12 albums as his Editor’s Choice. Behzod Abduraimov’ new album, ‘Shadows of my Ancestors’ is selected as Gramophone’s February Recording of the Month. Read the Gramophone Album Review Here