Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 1990, pianist Behzod Abduraimov began studying piano at age five as a pupil of Tamara Popovich at Uspensky State Central Lyceum in Tashkent. He is an alumnus of Park University’s International Center for Music where he studied with Stanislav Ioudenitch, and now serves as the ICM’s Artist-in-Residence.
Mr. Abduraimov has worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, NHK Symphony, and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and conductors including Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Manfred Honeck, Vasily Petrenko, James Gaffigan, Jakub Hrůša, and Vladimir Jurowski. Mr. Abduraimov returned to the BBC Proms in July 2017 after his successful debut the year prior, then went on to debut at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and Rheingau music festivals.
Upcoming European highlights include appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, HR Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, and BBC Symphony, and at the Lucerne Festival. Other notable appearances include NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra as part of the Elbphilharmonie opening, and the London Symphony Orchestra. In recital, he is one of the featured artists for the Junge Wilde series at the Konzerthaus Dortmund and will be presented in recital at the main halls of the Barbican, London, and Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. He also collaborates in recital with cellist Truls Mørk on a European and US tour.
In North America, Mr. Abduraimov performs at the Blossom and Ravinia festivals, at the Hollywood Bowl, and returns to both the Dallas and Atlanta symphony orchestras. Last season, he gave a Stern Auditorium recital following his debut success at Carnegie Hall in 2015 and has appeared in concerts with the Houston Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and the Minnesota Orchestra.
An award-winning recording artist, his debut recital CD won both the Choc de Classica and the Diapason Découverte. Mr. Abduraimov released his first concerto disc in 2014 on Decca Classics, which features Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No.1 with the RAI National Symphony Orchestra under Juraj Valčuha. He makes his San Francisco Symphony debut at these performances.