Xenia Pestova piano
Xenia Pestova is a performing musician currently based in North Wales. Her awards include the unanimous First Prize at the 2004 Xavier Montsalvatge International Piano Competition in Girona, Spain, a Special Mention at the 2003 Messiaen International Piano Competition in Paris, and Second Prize at the 2000 KeriKeri National Piano Competition, New Zealand, as well as grants from the New Zealand Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.
Xenia has appeared at international festivals including Archipel (Geneva), Christchurch Arts Festival (New Zealand), Musica (Strasbourg), Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival (Canada), Rainy Days (Luxembourg), Royaumont (France), Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music (Belfast) and Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts (Minneapolis). In addition to solo projects, she is active as an ensemble pianist and has performed with ECM+ (Montreal), Stroma (New Zealand), United Instruments of Lucilin (Luxembourg), and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra. She has a duo with Amsterdam-based pianist Pascal Meyer, which focuses on exciting and dynamic repertoire of the present day, and is a founding member and artistic director of the Contemporary Keyboard Society.
Xenia has commissioned, premiered, recorded and broadcast numerous new works and often collaborates with composers and music technologists on interdisciplinary creation. She is Head of Performance at the Bangor University School of Music and a Schoenhut Concert Artist.
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