Sat 02. Sep | 18.30 | KKL Luzern, Concert Hall
Symphony Concert 22
Mariinsky Orchestra | Valery Gergiev | soloists
Born in 1990 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Behzod Abduraimov began playing piano at the age of five and initially studied under Tamara Popovich at the Uspensky State Music Academy in his native city. In 2007 he transferred to the International Center for Music, Park University in Kansas City, where he completed his degree under Stanislav Ioudenitch. In 2009 Abduraimov’s performance of Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto brought him victory in the London International Piano Competition, and he won the Kissinger Piano Competition in 2010. Since then he has concertized with many internationally acclaimed orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the Munich Philharmonic, working with such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Valery Gergiev, Manfred Honeck, Vladimir Jurowski, and Vasily Petrenko. In the 2016-17 season he has performed with the Houston and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Abduraimov holds the prominent position of “Junger Wilder” at the Konzerthaus Dortmund until the summer of 2018. He has also been a guest recitalist at such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and at the Aspen, Verbier, and La Roque d’Anthéron festivals. His debut CD of works by Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev, and Liszt, which appeared in the fall of 2012, received the Choc de Classica and the Diapason Découverte. His most recent release is of piano sonatas by Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI led by Juraj Valčuha.