And sure enough, his recital of Schubert Impromptus, a Liszt Mephisto Waltz and the Moussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition on 1 December 2015 was a dazzling, roaring affair. Truly, I have devoted most of my life to cultivating, listening, studying, researching, and enjoying many of the great pianists of our time... and I can tell you that Bezhod, at the tender age of 24 is, to put it bluntly, the Real Thing.
“A year on [from the London International] he’s matured in both appearance and performance into a power-player who projects big sound with big gestures but without the vulgarity or self-indulgence of some young pianists I can think of on the power circuit. For all the drama, aural spectacle and electricity in his playing, it’s substantial, disciplined, and accurate. He doesn’t splash, he doesn’t fake. It’s real.”
|Bezhod and his sister|
I have had the privilege of knowing this young man for almost ten years. Back then, in his mid-teens, he was so shy he could hardly make his way out to the platform. Now, seasoned and fully assured, he is absolutely fearless, blazing through Lisztian fireworks and tenderly nuancing the subtlest of Schubertian “heavenly lengths”—The phrase is Schumann’s—with an almost terrifying calm. But above all, he may be developing into one of the greatest Liszt pianists of our time.