Xenia PESTOVA


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Xenia Pestova is a concert pianist with an unusual and colourful profile. As a dedicated promoter of music by living composers, she has commissioned, premiered, recorded and broadcast numerous new works, and is a frequent collaborator on the creation of interdisciplinary projects with new technologies. As of March 2015, she is the Director of Performance at the University of Nottingham.

Xenia has appeared at international festivals including Archipel (Geneva), Bangor Music Festival (Wales), Christchurch Arts Festival (New Zealand), Cluster (Canada), Frontiers Plus (Birmingham), Musica (Strasbourg), MusiMars (Montreal), Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Rainy Days (Luxembourg), PRSF New Music Biennial (London and Glasgow), Royaumont (France), Sonic Fusion (Salford), Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music (Belfast) and Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts (Minneapolis). As a concerto and ensemble soloist, she has performed with ECM+ (Montreal), Stroma (New Zealand), United Instruments of Lucilin (Luxembourg) and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra amongst others.

Her debut solo CD “Shadow Piano” was highly praised in the international press and features music for keyboard instruments and electronics, available from Innova Recordings. Other recordings include John Cage: Works for Two Keyboards (three CDs) and Stockhausen's "Mantra" on Naxos Records with Amsterdam-based pianist Pascal Meyer, which won a Diapason d'Or award (France).

Awards include the unanimous First Prize at the Xavier Montsalvatge International Piano Competition in Girona, Spain, and prizes at the Messiaen International Piano Competition in Paris and the KeriKeri Piano Competition in New Zealand, as well as prizes and project support grants from organisations such as the New Zealand Arts Council, PRS for Music Foundation and Canada Council for the Arts.

In addition to her love for the piano, she enjoys performing on other keyboard instruments, including her growing collection of toy pianos. She is a Schoenhut Toy Piano Concert Artist.


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