In the past three weeks, Behzod Abduraimov has traveled to Austria, Milan, Amsterdam and Paris to provide piano recitals. Such a schedule is already considered to be rather challenging for any seasoned touring concert pianist. Behzod is not even a seasoned pianist, he is still a senior student in college. With that being said, the 23-year-old is definitely not your average college senior.
He is currently in the midst of pursuing his bachelor’s degree in piano performance at Park University. In fact, he has already won the London International Piano Competition as well as released his own CD on the Decca label. It has been seven years since Behzod first arrived at the Park University International Center for Music to study with Van Cliburn gold medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch, whom Behzod credits most of his success to. “We are really close. Stanislav is extremely dedicated and an enthusiastic musician and pedagogue. Every lesson with him is a discovery. He helps me a lot. We even travel together sometimes. In fact, he was present at the recording sessions for my CD. He’s the only person whose opinion I totally trust. It’s tremendous to have such support at my age,” he stated.
Stanislav is specialised in bringing out the best in gifted musicians and taking them to the next level. He does this by adding an undefinable star quality to technical skills in order to make a true concert artist, one who can command not only the keyboard but also the audience. Behzod is one such artist, who specialises in the kind of virtuosic music that is able to leave an audience dazzled. His works include pieces such as the Saint-Saens piano concerto.
“It’s an exciting piece. Brilliant and virtuosic but also really elegant. It’s French, of course. I wouldn’t say this is the most serious piano concerto, but it’s always a great pleasure and fun to play this concerto. It starts in G minor, kind of like a Bach fantasia, but as a Polish pianist, whose name I can’t remember, once said, this concerto starts like Bach and finishes like Offenbach. This lightness, it is always present, even in a very loud place. The second movement is especially French. It’s so elegant, you have to hear it. It’s so light, it reminds you of rosé wine in some little cafe,” he explained. For more of the story, do check it out here.