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Release: March 12, 1999
Flutist Tadeu Coelho, pianist Ksenia Nosikova will present UI faculty
recital March 22
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Flutist Tadeu Coelho and pianist Ksenia Nosikova,
two of the newer members of the faculty at the University of Iowa School
of Music, will present a program of French and American music for flute
and piano at 8 p.m. Monday, March 22 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
Coelho, who joined the UI music faculty in the fall of 1997, and Nosikova,
who joined last fall, are examples of the growing internationalization
of the UI music faculty, and of musical life around the world. Coelho,
who is from Brazil, has taught in his native country, the United States
and Croatia, and performed throughout Europe and the Americas. Nosikova,
a Russian by birth, holds degrees from schools in Moscow and Colorado and
has performed throughout Europe and the United States.
The program of the March 22 recital will feature one of the landmarks
of 20th-century flute composition, "Density 21.5" for solo flute,
by pioneering French-American composer Edgar Varese. With a title that
refers to the density of platinum, "Density 21.5" was composed
in 1936 for the French flutist George Barrere, to inaugurate his new platinum
flute. It will be performed by Coelho on a new golden Miyazawa flute that
has platinum in its head joint -- the part closest to the performer's mouth.
"Density 21.5" is considered to be a piece that has challenged
both composers, with its imaginative use of the single solo instrument,
and flutists, with its technical demands on the performer. According to
Coelho, platinum is crucial to the style of the piece because it allows
the flutist to blow harder into the instrument without breaking the sound.
Other works on the program by American composers will be the Sonata
of Robert Muczynski, based on jazzy rhythms and lines, and the Duo of Aaron
Copland, which was dedicated to the extraordinary flutist William Kincaid.
The French part of the program will comprise the Sonata of Francis Poulenc,
"Image" op. 38 for solo flute by Eugene Bozza, and the "Nocturne
and Allegro Scherzando" by Philippe Gaubert.
Coelho says that he enjoys performing music from different eras for
his recitals. "This is a way of capturing the language, the atmosphere
and the challenges that each era presents," he says. "The French-American
literature for flute is particularly interesting for me because the American
style of flute playing can be traced back to the French style.
"In putting together the program, I was concerned with tracing
the continuity of a long tradition of flute playing, starting with the
French flute teacher Paul Tafanel. Taffanel taught both Gaubert and Barrere,
who came to the United States in 1905 and became one of the founders of
the New York Philharmonic. Barrere taught William Kincaid, who in turn
taught Julius Baker, who was my teacher."
Before he came to the UI Coelho taught at the University of New Mexico,
and since 1997 he has been visiting professor at the Ino Mirkovich music
academy in Croatia. He has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout
Europe and the Americas. He has performed as first solo flutist with the
Santa Fe Symphony, the Hofer Symphoniker in Germany and the Spoleto Festival
Orchestra in Italy. In the summer of 1996 he was invited to play with the
Boston Symphony under conductors Bernard Haitink, Robert Shaw and Robert
Coelho's performances have consistently earned high critical praise.
Following a series of concerts in Europe, one critic commented that he
"showed great playing technique expressed through subtle interpretation."
Another critic wrote that "there is no doubt about his virtuoso abilities,
topped with a degree of musicianship that was magnificent and complete."
Started on the flute by his father, Coelho has studied with many of
the world's leading flute teachers. He has received numerous awards and
scholarships and holds a doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music,
where he studied with the legendary flutist Julius Baker. He has toured
Italy, Germany, the United States, Mexico and Brazil, performing and giving
Coelho performs a wide range of repertoire, with special interest in
the music of Latin America. Several composers have written works for him,
including Ronald Roseman, Ruth Schonthal, Joaquin Gutierrez Heras, Eduardo
Gamboa, Amaral Vieira, Michael Weinstein, Steven Block, Steve Ledbetter
and Richard Herman. His CD recording of the music of Brazilian composers
was released on Tempo Primo in 1995, and he also recorded works by Thomas
Delio on 3D Classics. His new CD of 20th-century Mexican flute music will
be released shortly.
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
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.
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