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Release: April 9, 1999
Pianist Ksenia Nosikova will play her first UI faculty
recital April 18
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Pianist Ksenia Nosikova, who joined
the faculty of the UI School of Music last fall, will play her UI solo recital
debut at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 18 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The
recital will be free and open to the public.
Although this will be Nosikova's first solo recital at
the UI, she has already appeared in several campus performances. She performed
with the UI Center for New Music in their East Coast tour and the preceding
campus concert last fall, and she has performed chamber recitals with two
of her fellow faculty members, bassoonist Benjamin Coelho in November and
flutist Tadeu Coelho in March.
Nosikova, a native Russian and graduate of the Moscow
Conservatory, will play a program of pieces by or arranged by Russian composers.
The first half will be devoted to some lesser-known works of Sergei Rachmaninoff,
who was one of the most dominating pianists and composers of the first half
of the 20th century. She will play Rachmaninoff's piano arrangement of three
movements from J.S. Bach's Partita in E major for solo violin; three smaller
pieces titled "Lilacs," "Daisies," and "Humoresque," and the Variations on
a Theme of Corelli, op. 42.
After intermission Nosikova will play the "Dumka," op.
59, (Concert piece) by Tchaikovsky, Mily Balakirev's transcription of the
art song "The Lark" by Mikhail Glinka, and "Islamey (Oriental Fantasy)" by
Rachmaninoff was one of the many Russian musicians who
left his homeland after the 1917 revolution. After leaving Russia he made
transcriptions of his own and other composers' works for use in his concerts,
which he had to give in order to make a living in the West. Nosikova believes
that Rachmaninoff's dual careers as both composer and pianist gave his transcriptions
"His profound and practical command of the piano enabled
him to translate any musical sound from another medium to the keyboard, in
terms of his own unique pianism," she said. "He followed the examples of great
pianists before him -- particularly Franz Liszt and Leopold Godovsky -- in
writing his transcriptions, which are not only exquisite in sound and brilliance
but also supremely expressive."
In the three movements from the Partita in E major, Rachmaninoff
was following a long tradition of transcribing Bach's unaccompanied violin
works. Although written for only a single melody instrument, harmonies were
definitely implied by the solo part. Some earlier composers, including Robert
Schumann and Fritz Kreisler, had supplied keyboard accompaniments, and Bach
himself had transcribed Partitas for organ. In his transcriptions, Rachmaninoff
applied his own late Romantic harmonic and coloristic language to the Baroque
Of the other Rachmaninoff
works, "Lilacs" and "Daisies" are transcriptions of his own art songs. "Humoresque"
was originally written as a piano piece. The Variations on a Theme of Corelli,
op. 42, were composed in 1931, around the same time as some of Rachmaninoff's
best known works, including the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op. 43, and
Third Symphony, op. 44.
Balakirev was one of a group of five composers in late
19th-century Russia known as "the Mighty Handful." Although his own creative
works have not remained in the concert repertoire, his role as a leader in
the development of Russian music was extremely influential. Among the few
works that are still known are "The Lark," an elegant transcription of an
art song by Glinka, and the virtuoso piano piece "Islamey."
Although he was a competent pianist, Balakirev was never
able to perform "Islamey," which was written in the demanding tradition of
Liszt's concert show pieces. The main melody is a tune Balakirev picked up
on his travels in the Caucasus, which he combined with a Tartar melody, weaving
the two themes into a complex pianistic fabric.
Ksenia Nosikova has performed as both soloist and chamber
musician in Russia, Italy, Yugoslavia, Germany, England and the Netherlands,
and throughout the United States. As a member of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky
Conservatory Piano Trio she presented numerous recitals in Moscow and Leningrad
and was invited to perform at the Chamber Music Festival in Rimini, Italy,
and the Congress of the European Associations of Conservatories in Rovin,
Nosikova made her New York debut in 1996 in Weill Recital
Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has played as a soloist with symphony orchestras
in Louisiana and Colorado. She has been a prize winner in numerous piano competitions,
including the Frinna Awerbach International Piano Competition in New York,
the Alabama International Piano Competition, and the Ibla Grand Prize International
Competition in Italy, to which she will return in the summer of 1999 as a
Nosikova received bachelors and masters degrees
from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia, and a doctorate
from the University of Colorado. She has been invited to perform in master
classes, including the International Master Classes of Chamber Music with
the Beaux Arts Trio. She received fellowships at the Aspen and Sarasota music
festivals. Prior to her appointment to the UI she was an adjunct faculty member
at the University of Colorado and the Moscow School of the Arts.
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