Described as “outstanding” (Tempo), “stunning” (Wales Arts Review), “ravishing” (Pizzicato) and “remarkably sensuous” (New Zealand Herald), London-based New Zealand pianist Xenia Pestova’s performances and recordings have earned her a reputation as a leading interpreter of uncompromising repertoire of her generation. Lauded for “dynamic energy and crystalline precision” (RTE Nova Ireland), Xenia has featured at major festivals and venues
around the world, including appearances at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Glasgow Royal Concert Halls, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Festival Archipel (Geneva), Christchurch Arts Festival (New Zealand), Cluster New Music and Integrated Arts Festival (Canada), Frontiers+ (Birmingham), Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Lanaudière (Canada),
Festival Musica (Strasbourg), Sonorities (Belfast), Spark (USA) and Voix Nouvelles Royaumont (France).
Following childhood music education in Siberia, Xenia’s studies took place at Victoria University of Wellington, London, Amsterdam, Avignon, Paris, and at McGill University, Montreal where she was awarded a Doctor of Music degree. From 2011-2015 she was the Head of Performance at Bangor University, where she founded and directed the highly successful INTER/actions Festival and Symposium for interactive electronic music. Currently, she is the Director of Performance at the University of Nottingham, artistic co-director of Nottingham Forum for Artistic Research and Transmission concert series (London).
Xenia’s commitment to promoting music by living composers led her to commission dozens of new works and collaborate with major innovators in contemporary music. This is reflected in her programme that balances new and established works.
Annea Lockwood RCSC
Clara Schumann Preludes and Fugues, selections
Ed Bennett Gothic
Claude Debussy La cathédrale engloutie
Arlene Sierra Birds and Insects, selections
Domenico Scarlatti Keyboard Sonatas K9 in D major and K10 in D minor
Patricia Alessandrini Étude d’après Scarlatti
Miriama Young New Work (premiere)
Heather Hindman Two and a Half Miniatures
J.S. Bach Little Preludes, selections
Luciano Berio Six Encores, selections
Daria Kwiatkowska After Brin (homage to Berio)
Glenda Keam New Work (premiere)