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. She is currently the Head of Performance at the Bangor University School of Music in North Wales, where she directors the INTER/actions festival for interactive electronic music.

Xenia has appeared at international festivals including Archipel (Geneva), Bangor New Music Festival (Wales), Christchurch Arts Festival (New Zealand), Cluster (Canada), Musica (Strasbourg), MusiMars (Montreal), Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Rainy Days (Luxembourg), PRSF New Music Biennial (London and Glasgow), Royaumont (France), 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” features music for keyboard instruments and electronics, and is available from Innova. Other recordings include John Cage: Works for Two Keyboards (three CDs) and Stockhausen's "Mantra" for Naxos 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 and interfaces, including her growing collection of toy pianos. She is a Schoenhut Toy Piano Concert Artist.


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