Exciting Concert Review.


Detroit Symphony Orchestra:

  • Concert Review of Friday, December 5th, 2014.
  • Behzod Abduraimov, piano soloist.

Yesterday at my Blog, I wrote about Martha Argerich, who is 73 years old and still thrilling us with her music. (Through age 100, I hope).

Today I have a contrasting story: A concert I heard on Friday, with a pianist of age 24, who may some day continue to move the piano tradition securely forward.

This was another example of my ability to enjoy fine music concerts on the Web, without leaving my home:

Artists at this concert were:

The concert Program:

  • Alexander Raskatov: A White Night’s Dream
  • Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
  • Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Yes; I know that you likely have never heard of this pianist, but read on:

I listened to a section of the Prokofiev Piano Concerto #3, and I was quite impressed with this 24 – year old pianist, who – in my view — will carry music performance forward in the future.

Behzod Abduraimov was born in Uzbekistan. He was the Grand Prize winner of the 2009 London International Piano Competition.

The accuracy of his playing was astounding, as was his sensitivity. As a contrast to the bombastic end of the concerto, Mr. Abduraimov played a simple, lyrical encore that was a real delight.

Let me illustrate with some examples of this man’s capabilities:

First, here is Behzod Abduraimov playing the Franz Liszt – Scherzo and March S. 177:



And next, here is Behzod Abduraimov playing Camille Saint-Saëns‘ Piano Concerto No. 2:



What a musical and lyrical performance; and keep in mind that he’s just 24 and already a winner at a major competition! Really excellent!


Tags: Behzod Abduraimov, Detroit Symphony, Prokofiev Piano Concert #3, Saint-Saëns, Liszt