MEDIA ALERT – Famed Pianist Behzod Abduraimov Joins Forces with Friend and Colleague, Conductor Shah Sadikov


Famed Pianist Behzod Abduraimov Joins Forces with Friend and Colleague, Conductor Shah Sadikov, to Open Park ICM’s 22nd Season at Folly Theater – Features Kansas City Premiere of the Reimagined Genius Loci


Park ICM & NAVO Present Alumnus Behzod Abduraimov, Piano, and Alumnus Shah Sadikov, Conductor, with the Park ICM Orchestra and the NAVO Chamber Orchestra

The season kicks off on September 20, 2024, with a notable collaboration between Park ICM and NAVO Arts, featuring Park ICM Artist-in-Residence, Behzod Abduraimov, and conductor and ICM alumnus, Shah Sadikov. This unique partnership brings together the ICM Orchestra and NAVO Arts musicians, celebrating a long friendship between Abduraimov & Sadikov and their devotion to their alma mater, Park International Center for Music.

Hailed as a “master of all he surveys” by The New York Times, Behzod Abduraimov is a globally acclaimed pianist known for his captivating performances. A native of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Behzod began playing piano at the age of five and later studied at Park University’s International Center for Music with his mentor, Stanislav Ioudenitch. He is now Park ICM’s Artist in Residence. His impressive career includes collaborations with leading orchestras and conductors worldwide, as well as acclaimed recitals at prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall and others.

Conductor Shah Sadikov, also an alumnus of Park ICM, brings a wealth of experience and a passion for accessible music to the podium. Beyond his conducting prowess, in 2015 Mr. Sadikov co-founded and became the CEO and Music Director of a non-for-profit arts organization, NAVO Inc. (, whose mission is to create unique programs that challenge, entertain, and enrich the lives of underserved communities in the Midwest. This concert is presented in collaboration with NAVO Inc.

The collaboration between these two accomplished alumni promises an exceptional evening of music, marking a special reunion of talent nurtured at Park University.


The evening’s program includes the Kansas City premiere of Ingrid Stolzel’s “Genius Loci,” reimagined specifically for this concert, and Sergei Prokofiev’s beloved “Classical Symphony.” Johannes Brahms’ “Variations on a Theme by Haydn” and Mozart’s dramatic “Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor,” featuring pianist Abduraimov, will follow after a brief intermission.


September 20, 2024, Folly Theater, 7:30 p.m.


C. Stephen Metzler Hall, Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105


Tickets are available to the general public on July 8th on Park ICM’s website at ICM.PARK.EDU. Tickets range from $20 to $50. Additional Folly ticket fees apply. Student rush tickets are $10 with ID and are available at the door one hour prior to showtime at the Folly. Parking is available in the parking garage immediately to the west of the theater for $10. Credit card only. For more information, please visit our website at

2024-07-08T11:49:44+00:00 July 8th, 2024|Distinguished Alumni, Press|