Behzod Abduraimov

Behzod Abduraimov


Rediscover the exciting, insightful artistry of Behzod Abduraimov.

‘Mr. Abduraimov will, I expect, have a long and distinguished career to show us.’ The New York Times

The compelling artistry of Behzod Abduraimov has only deepened since his Melbourne Recital Centre debut in 2012. The then-22-year-old performed with impetuosity tempered with intellect, revelling in his technical prowess and expressive insights. He was perhaps well aware of the weight of expectations; after his triumphant debut he was being compared to the very greatest: Horowitz, Ashkenazy, Van Cliburn.

In the intervening four years, Behzod has paced his progress intelligently, delivering on his promise. As International Piano put it, he has an ‘intellectual curiosity and an artistry that can only blossom’. Now 26, he’s transitioned from prodigy to career musician while remaining a must-hear performer.

Beethoven’s ‘Appassionata’ Sonata is one of the masterworks of the composer’s troubled middle period, the genesis of the Eroica and Fifth Symphonies. Battling with encroaching deafness, Beethoven channeled his struggle into an epic and tempestuous work, imbued with an emotional honesty that is as radical as it is moving. The swaggering virtuosity of Prokofiev’s Sixth Sonata is one of 20th-century music’s great thrill-rides, one that Behzod handles with well-judged aplomb. And as a counterbalance, a few moments of poetry by Schubert and a flamboyant transcription of Bach’s most famous and fantastical organ work. Radiating calm and confidence, it seems that nothing is beyond Behzod’s reach.

Marshall McGuire, Director of Artistic Planning on Behzod Abduraimov:

Revisit the brilliance of Behzod Abduraimov four years on to hear how a prodigy has matured into a master, aged 26. His program is a breathtaking balance of dark and light, lyricism and dazzling display.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Johann Sebastian Bach (arr Busoni)
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565

Franz Schubert
Moment Musical No.2 in A flat & 3 in F minor Op.94, D780

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor Op.57 ‘Appassionata’

Sergei Prokofiev
Piano Sonata No.6 in A Op.82


Join Philip Sametz for a pre-concert talk in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall from 6.45pm.


His magically singing touch serves a refined sense of architecture, but what drove the audience wild was his winning amalgam of fire and poetry.


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