At the age of 18, Behzod Abduraimov achieved a sensational victory in the 2009 London International Piano Competition, winning first prize following an electrifying performance of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3. This has resulted in invitations to work with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 under Nowak) and the London Philharmonic Orchestra (playing Saint Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 2 under Tortelier). Last season Behzod toured to China and Kuala Lumpur with the Sydney Symphony under Vladimir Ashkenazy to great critical acclaim. Following their successful collaboration, they appeared again as part of the 2010 Musikfest Bremen.
During the 2010/11 season, Behzod will return to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kissinger Sommer Festival. Having made a triumphant Wigmore Hall debut last May he gave another debut recital at the BOZAR in Brussels last autumn and will be giving a number of recitals in North America as well as appearing with the Atlanta Symphony, National Arts Center Orchestra Ottawa (as part of their Russian Festival) and Kansas City Symphony.
Since his first performance as a soloist at the age of eight with the National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan, Behzod has given many concerts in the USA, Italy, Russia and Uzbekistan. He is invited annually to perform at the Spivakov International Charity Foundation in Moscow, the International Keyboard Institute & Festival in New York City and the International Summer Piano Academy in Como, Italy. His further achievements included the First Prize at the Republican Competition in Uzbekistan (1999), Grand Prix in the Competition ‘Le Muse’, in Agropoli, Italy (2003) and First Prize in the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition (2008). The same year he won both the Lennox Young Artist Competition and the Corpus Christi International Competition, USA and performed with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra in Dallas and the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, Texas in 2009.
Behzod Abduraimov was born in Tashkent in 1990 and began to play the piano at the age of five. He was a pupil of Tamara Popovich at the Uspensky State Central Lyceum in Tashkent, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree at the International Center for Music at Park University, Kansas City studying with Stanislav Ioudenitch.