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New UI faculty members Benjamin Coelho and Ksenia Nosikova will play recital Nov. 1

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two of the newest faculty at the University of Iowa School of Music, bassoonist Benjamin Coelho and pianist Ksenia Nosikova, will present a recital featuring the bassoon as a solo instrument at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Both Coelho and Nosikova joined the faculty in August.

Appearing with them on the program will be flutist Tadeu Coelho -- Benjamin's brother, and a new UI music faculty member only last year -- and bassoonist David Bryant, a graduate student in the School of Music. The performance will be free and open to the public.

Although the bassoon is familiar as an orchestral instrument -- featured prominently in such familiar concert pieces as Paul Dukas' "Sorcerer's Apprentice" and Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" -- it is not often heard as a solo instrument. Coelho thus joins several of his faculty colleagues, including double bassist Diana Gannet and oboist Mark Weiger, in revealing unexpected solo possibilities for their instruments.

Since the bassoon as recital soloist is a fairly recent development, most of the program consists of music written in the current century. Three pieces are by composers from Coelho's native country, Brazil, including one that was written for him. The bassoon will be heard in a variety of contexts -- in a piece for solo bassoon, pieces for one and two bassoons with piano, and a piece for bassoon and flute. The complete program is:
--Sonata for bassoon and piano by Paul Hindemith;
--"De Umbris" (About shadows) for two bassoons and piano, written for Coelho by Brazilian composer Oiliam Lanna;
--"Bachianas Brasileiras" No. 6 for flute and bassoon by Heitor Villa-Lobos, probably the most prominent composer of concert music from Brazil;
-- Robert Schumann's "Three Romances," originally written for oboe and piano, in an arrangement for bassoon and piano;
--"Cantares para Airton Barbosa" for solo bassoon by another Brazilian composer, Aylton Escobar; and "Sarabande et Cortege" for bassoon and piano by French composer Henri Dutilleux.

One of the most prolific composers of the 20th century, Villa-Lobos wrote more than 1,000 compositions, including works for almost all imaginable combinations of instruments and voices. Characteristic of his output is the series of works known as Bachianas Brasileiras, meaning roughly "Brazilian pieces in the style of Bach." Inspired by Bach's mastery of counterpoint, the series includes pieces for solo piano, for chamber orchestra, for full orchestra, and many combinations in between. The best known work of the series, No. 5, is written for the uncommon combination of soprano with eight cellos.

Oiliam Lanna was a faculty colleague of Coelho at the Federal University in Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. "De Umbris" was written in 1992 as part of a collaborative project at the university between composer and performer. The idea of the piece is to explore degrees of shadow and the absence of shadow among the instruments, with the first bassoon representing absence of shadow and the second bassoon representing its presence.

Aylton Escobar is considered one of the most daring and eclectic composers in Brazil. In 1981 he became the youngest composer ever elected to the Brazilian Music Academy. The director of a university in Sao Paulo, he is an accomplished conductor and pianist as well as a composer. "Cantares para Airton Barbosa" (Songs for Airton Barbosa) was written as an homage to a young Brazilian bassoonist who died prematurely. Barbosa was an accomplished orchestral and chamber musician who dedicated his life to the Musicians Union of Rio de Janeiro.

Coelho has worked extensively as performer and teacher of bassoon, in both the United States and his native Brazil. He was a founding member of the Manhattan Wind Quintet, with whom he played a sold-out concert in Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. He has played with the Orquestra Sinfonica do Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro and the Grupo de Musica Contemporanea of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He taught bassoon at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte in Brazil, where he served as the elected vice-dean of the School of Music.

Coelho started studying bassoon at the age of 10 at the Tatui Conservatory in his native Brazil. He graduated with honors from the State University of New York at Purchase and received a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. He is currently completing a doctorate at Indiana University.

Ksenia Nosikova has performed as both soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. She has toured the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Italy with a piano trio from the Moscow Conservatory. She made her New York debut in 1996 in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has performed concertos with the Louisiana Symphony, the University of Colorado Symphony and the Jefferson Symphony.

Nosikova has been a prize winner in numerous piano competitions, including the Frinna Awerbach International Piano Competition in New York, the Alabama International Piano Competition, the William Byrd Young Artist Competition in Flint, Mich., and the St. Charles International Piano Competition in Chicago. She has also performed extensively as vocal accompanist, appearing at international competitions in 'sHertogenbosch, the Netherlands; and Stuttgart, Germany.

Nosikova received a master's degree with high honors from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia, and a doctorate from the University of Colorado. She has performed in master classes, including the International Master Classes of Chamber Music with the Beaux Arts Trio and piano master classes with Daniel Pollock, Barry Douglas and Robert Levin. In 1994 she received a fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival.