Park University’s International Center for Music Presents Behzod Abduraimov’s Kansas City Recital Debut at the Folly Theater

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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Behzod AbduraimovThe International Center for Music at Park University presents artist-in-residence and 2009 winner of the London International Piano Competition, Behzod Abduraimov, in his eagerly awaited Kansas City recital debut, at the Folly Theater on Friday, May 15, at 8 p.m.

Praised as “a master of all he surveys” by The London Times and compared to the legendary Vladimir Horowitz, Abduraimov is scheduled to perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Appassionata Sonata No. 23, Op. 57,” Fryderyk Chopin’s “Ballades Nos. 1 and 3,” Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Original Theme and Variations, Op. 19, No. 6,” and Sergei Prokofiev’s “Piano Sonata No. 6.”

Abduraimov began his education at Park University in 2007, studying under ICM founder, associate professor of music/piano and gold medalist of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Stanislav Ioudenitch. He was appointed artist-in-residence of the International Center for Music at Park University in August 2014, and has spent much of the past year touring Europe and Asia.

Highlights of Abduraimov’s 2014-15 season included his debut with the Czech Philharmonic under Jiri Belohlavek, including the opening of their season and a tour of Italy. He returned to the London Philharmonic Orchestra for a performance at Royal Festival Hall under David Zinman, followed by a tour of China with Vassily Sinaisky. He took part in the Mariinsky Orchestra’s Prokofiev piano concerto cycle at the Vienna Konzerthaus and Konzerthaus Dortmund under Valery Gergiev, debuted with the Helsinki Philharmonic (Osmo Vanska) and was featured in recital and in concert with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse under Tugan Sokhiev as part of the Festival Piano aux Jacobins. Other recitals included returns to Wigmore Hall and the Louvre, in addition to recitals in Italy and Spain.

His debut CD was released on Decca Classics in 2012, which won both the Choc de Classica and the Diapason Découverte. This past fall, Abduraimov’s first concerto disc was released, featuring Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No. 3” and Tchaikovsky’s “Concerto No. 1” with Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai under Juraj Valčuha.

Tickets for the concert start at $25 and limited VIP tickets are available that include premium seating and a post-concert reception with Abduraimov. For tickets, visit http://follytheater.org/events/behzod-abduraimov-pianist or call (816) 474-4444.