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"Xenia Pestova has the sense of adventure, sensitivity to the techniques and stylistic particularities of high modernism and the poetic soul to bring this music to fruition in the best ways, and she does. " - Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review
Described as “outstanding” (Tempo), “stunning” (Wales Arts Review), “ravishing” (Pizzicato) and “remarkably sensuous” (New Zealand Herald), pianist Xenia Pestova’s performances and recordings have earned her a reputation as a leading interpreter of uncompromising repertoire of her generation. Following childhood music education in Siberia, Xenia’s studies took place with Judith Clark (Victoria University of Wellington) before studies abroud eventually led to a Doctor of Music in Canada.
Pestova’s commitment and dedication to promoting music by living composers led her to commission dozens of new works and collaborate with major innovators in contemporary music. Her widely acclaimed recordings of core piano duo works of the Twentieth Century by John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen are available on four CDs for Naxos Records.
Her evocative solo debut of premiere recordings for the Innova label titled “Shadow Piano” was described as a “terrific album of dark, probing music” by the Chicago Reader. Currently, she is the Director of Performance at the University of Nottingham, and continues to mentor emerging musicians in workshops at conservatories and universities around the UK, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, USA and Brazil.
The programme includes the premiere of Miriama Young's "The Grey Ghost". This piece relies on audience participation. To accompany live piano, a soundtrack may be streamed from your smartphone during performance by you, the audience. The App - with its embedded audio - is available for free download from the AppStore or Google Play (or simply search for SyncSound). Once downloaded, follow Xenia's downbeat to press ‘play’.
Debussy | La Cathédrale engloutie
Ed Bennett | Gothic (NZ premiere)
Scarlatti | Keyboard Sonatas in D major, K9 and D Minor, K10
Patricia Alessandrini | Étude d’après Scarlatti (NZ premiere)
Daria Kwiatkowska | After Brin (homage to Berio) (NZ premiere)
Berio | Six Encores, selections
Bach | Selections from his ‘Little Preludes’
Glenda Keam | Mind Springs (world premiere)
Annea Lockwood | RCSC (NZ premiere)
Heather Hindman | Two and a Half Miniatures
Arlene Sierra | Birds and Insects, selections (NZ premiere)
Clara Schumann |Preludes and Fugues, selections
Miriama Young | The Grey Ghost (world premiere)
Approximate Duration: 80 minutes plus interval
*Patricia Alessandrini and Annea Lockwood works will not be performed in Gore.
This programme presents meticulously crafted works by living composers from Ireland, UK, USA, Canada and New Zealand in context with the great keyboard masters of the Baroque, Romantic and 20th Century periods. Mysterious, dark or playful in turn, each piece offers a glimpse of a different world and teaches us that the music of the present is inseparable from the music of the past. I am especially excited to feature several wonderful pieces by female composers as well as New Zealand composers, including two very special premieres of new works by Glenda Keam and Miriama Young.