Behzod Abduraimov - SJE Arts International Piano Series 2024

Last edited by Sally Doyle on 10 November 2023

Venue, Timing and Cost

SJE Arts, St John the Evangelist church
Friday, 19 January 2024
7.30 - 9.30 pm
£20-£35, students, under 25s & carers £8-£25

Franck (arr. Bauer): Prélude, Fugue and Variations, Op. 18
Dilorom Saidaminova: The Walls of Ancient Bukhara
Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit
Price: Fantasie nègre No. 1 in E Minor
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet: Ten Pieces for Piano, Op. 75

Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov won first prize at the 2009 London International Piano Competition. Trained initially in Tashkent and then in the USA, he now performs with renowned orchestras worldwide and is a sought-after recitalist.

His programme is one of scene painting and fantasy. Dilorom Saidaminova is a fellow Uzbek and her composition a series of eight pieces inspired by the sites and sounds of the ancient Silk Road city of Bukhara. The exquisite suite that Prokofiev distilled from his ballet Romeo and Juliet is also scene painting. In between these comes Ravel's fiendishly tricky Gaspard de la Nuit, inspired by the sinister ‘fantaisies’ of Aloysius Bertrand, and the first of African/American composer Florence Price’s four Fantasies nègres, this one based on the spiritual ‘Sinner, please don’t let this harvest pass’.

Further Information

Contact Details: 

SJE Arts, St John the Evangelist church, 109A Iffley Road, Oxford, OX4 1EH
(on Iffley Road between Marston Street and James Street, opposite the University Sports Ground).

Tickets from Tickets Oxford (in person at Oxford Playhouse, tel. 01865 305305,


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