There's a new superstar pianist on the horizon: Behzod Abduraimov. Haven't heard of him yet? That's not surprising — at just 21, this native of Tashkent, Uzbekistan has kept a very low profile so far. He's spent the past five years in the U.S., but not at a big-name school like the Curtis Institute (like Lang Lang or Yuja Wang, for example) or at Juilliard, where he was accepted as a student. Instead, he went to study with Stanislav Ioudenitch Park University in Salt Lake City Parkville, Missouri, where he's still enrolled.
No disc jockey has done more for music discovery than John Peel. In the 30-plus years he spent as on the air at BBC Radio One and the BBC World Service, until his death in 2004, Peel helped champion then little-played genres like reggae, punk and metal. Over his life, Peel collected thousands of LPs, singles and CDs, cataloging each with a corresponding, neatly-typed note card, and now his vast collection is being made available to the public.