Frontiers Series 2018 – 20th February: Xenia Pestova

Frontiers Series 2018 – 20th February: Xenia Pestova


On the 20th of February we will be fortunate enough to have the pianist Xenia Pestova joining us at RBC to give a public performance and a public research seminar!


Following childhood music education in Russia, Xenia’s studies took place with Judith Clark (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand), Philip Mead and Ian Pace (London), Hakon Austbo (Amsterdam), Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen (Avignon and Paris), Louise Bessette (Montreal) and Sara Laimon at McGill University, 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, and continues to mentor emerging musicians in workshops at conservatories and universities around the UK, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, USA and Brazil.


The public performance will take place in the Recital Hall at 12:10pm, and contains works that are written for the magnetic resonator piano; a hybrid acoustic-electronic instrument which uses electromagnets to augment a grand piano. The programme of this concert includes Alvin Lucier’s Music for Piano with Magnetic Strings, Pauline Olveros’ Breaking Boundaries, John Young’s Magnetic Resonance (world premiere), and a world premiere of an original composition by Xenia called Glowing Radioactive Elements.


The public research seminar that follows will taken place in Workshop 1 at 3:30pm, and will be on the approaches to notation in music for piano and live electronics from the performer’s perspective.


Find out more about Xenia and her work here:

Here is a trailer of Xenia playing Andrew McPherson’s Magnetic Resonanator Piano:


For more information about what’s going on in the Frontiers series this month, read our online Frontiers brochure here: