Preview: SSO Gala – Rachmaninov Piano Concerto 2
28 year old Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov has received critical acclaim and praise for his wide imagination and incredible harmony. Now, he’s about to make his Singapore debut this April, with the dark majesty and Romantic grandeur of Rachmaninov’s popular Second Piano Concerto, promising a powerful showcase of his pianist gifts as part of the SSO Gala Concert series.
Abduraimov has worked with plenty of leading orchestras worldwide, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, NHK Symphony and Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestras, and prestigious conductors including Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Manfred Honeck, Vasily Petrenko, James Gaffigan, Jakub Hrůša and Vladimir Jurowski. An award-winning recording artist – his debut recital CD won both the Choc de Classica and the Diapason Découverte.
This SSO Gala Concert also features Ravel’s bewitching La Valse, a spine-tingling, exhilarating tribute to the waltz, and Polish composer Lutoslawski’s virtuosic Concerto for Orchestra. The concert is conducted by another rising talent, the French conductor Lionel Bringuier.
SSO Gala: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 plays at the Esplanade Concert Hall on 12th April. Tickets available from SISTIC