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Pianist Behzod Abduraimov Makes Princeton Debut November 21, 2013

November 4, 2013

PIANIST BEHZOD ABDURAIMOV MAKES PRINCETON DEBUT AT RICHARDSON AUDITORIUM IN ALEXANDER HALL ON NOVEMBER 21, 2013

Princeton University Concerts presents the Princeton debut of young pianist Behzod Abduraimov on November 21, 2013 at 8PM at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.   Marna Seltzer, Director of Princeton University Concerts says:

"As rewarding as it is to bring the world's most renowned musicians to Princeton, there is a special joy in introducing a little-known young artist poised to join the ranks of the all-time greats.  Abduraimov is one of these artists.  He has already made a mark on the piano world with a recording of Saint-Saëns Danse Macabre, a piece which one might think is more appropriate at Halloween than in a concert hall.  In his hands, the piece comes alive.  He makes music out of every note and forces you to take it seriously - one of the hallmarks of a great artist.  We look forward to hearing the piece in his recital, among his other offerings."

"Rip-roaringly exciting" and "a gift from God" are among the breathless reviews he's elicited, as well as this from the International Record Review: "He has the neuro-motor responses of a jungle cat and the energy reserves of an Olympic athlete on peak form."  There will be a pre-concert talk, free to ticketholders at 7PM given by Princeton scholar and conductor Ruth Ochs. The complete program follows:

BEETHOVEN  Sonata No. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26
BEETHOVEN  Sonata No. 23 in F Major, Op. 57, "Appassionata"          
CHOPIN  Fantasia in F Minor, Op. 49
LISZT  Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude, S. 173/3
SAINT-SAËNS/LISZT/HOROWITZ  Danse Macabre Op.40


ABOUT BEHZOD ABDURAIMOV

Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 1990, Behzod Abduraimov began to play the piano at the age of five.  At 18, he achieved a sensational victory in the 2009 London International Piano Competition, winning First Prize with a performance of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3.  Since then Mr. Abduraimov has appeared as guest soloist with major orchestras including the London Philharmonic and the Sydney Symphony, under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy (a great pianist in his own right), and he has performed recitals in London, Paris, Vancouver and Milan.  In 2012, he released his award-winning debut recording on Decca Classics, featuring Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre. This spring, he will make his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Lorin Maazel.   Please visit behzodabduraimov.com for more information.

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