Park University’s International Center for Music Appoints Abduraimov as Artist-In-Residence

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Behzod AbduraimovThe International Center for Music at Park University has appointed internationally renowned pianist Behzod Abduraimov as artist-in-residence. Abduraimov began his duties on Aug. 1.

The 2009 winner of the London International Piano Competition began his education at Park University in 2007, studying under ICM founder and associate professor of music/piano 2001 Stanislav Ioudenitch, gold medalist of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

“Behzod has already enjoyed an incredibly successful career and had many choices when it came to choosing his home base,” said Ioudenitch. “We are excited that he decided to join the ICM family in a new role as artist-in-residence. He continues to proudly present the ICM worldwide and believes in its mission of artistic excellence.”

Abduraimov’s captivating performances have won him critical praise, most recently from The Washington Post (“I’m not sure I could give higher praise – keep your ear on this one”), The Boston Globe (“Impressive poise and immediacy – a talent to watch”) and the Los Angeles Times (“He can thunder, but he played Tchaikovsky’s fast and furious passages not like a challenge, but an almost serene joy. He is a pleasure to hear.”).

Highlights of Abduraimov’s 2013-14 season included his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, including a tour of China with the BSO; and performances with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and NHK Symphony. During the 2014-15 season, Abduraimov will return to the London Philharmonic Orchestra for a performance in London’s Royal Festival Hall under conductor David Zinman, followed by a tour of China with Vassily Sinaisky. He will also take part in the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra’s Prokofiev piano concerto cycle at the Vienna Konzerthaus and Konzerthaus Dortmund (Germany) under Valery Gergiev, and he will make his debut with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under Osmo Vanska.

Abduraimov released his debut recital CD under the Decca Classics label in 2012, which won both the Choc de Classica and the Diapason Découverte. This fall, his first concerto disc featuring “Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3” and “Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1” with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai under Juraj Valčuha will be released. A preview of the recording can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HadeFP9AIA.

Abduraimov is scheduled to make his eagerly awaited Kansas City recital debut on Friday, May 15, 2015, in a program that will showcase his remarkable talents. He will perform Frèdèric Chopin’s “Ballades Nos. 1-4,” Franz Schubert’s “Impromptu Op. 142” and the “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” by Franz Liszt and Vladimir Horowitz at Kansas City’s Folly Theater.

For more information about the International Center for Music, including the schedule for the 2014-15 ICM Concert Series, visit www.park.edu/icm.


The International Center for Music at Park University trains and educates the next generation of accomplished musicians for careers in music at the highest level, in a focused and creative atmosphere with an international faculty of renowned excellence. Established in 2003 under the guidance of renowned pianist and gold medalist of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Stanislav Ioudenitch, the ICM is a premier institution for advanced study in piano and string performance.