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Oct. 13, 2006

Nosikva Will Play 18th- And 19th-Century Piano Program Oct. 29

Ksenia Nosikova, a pianist on the faculty of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a solo recital featuring music by Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, and other composers of the 18th and 19th centuries, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Nosikova's recital will be free and open to the public.

After completing a multi-year, three-disk recording project of Liszt's "Years of Pilgrimage," Nosikova has turned to other area of repertoire. Her most recent recordings are "The Blissful Viola," featuring music of early 20th-century English composers and recorded with her UI faculty colleague Christine Rutledge on viola, and a world premiere recording of solo piano music by American composer Lera Auerbach, to be released in 2007.

The four works on the program for her fall 2006 concert tour, including the Oct. 29 recital at the UI, are all from the 18th and 19th centuries:

-- Schumann's Sonata in F-sharp minor, op. 11, a major solo work that will fill the first half of the program;

-- Tchaikovsky's "Dumka," op. 59;

-- the Sonata in F-sharp minor, op. 25 no. 5, by Mozart's contemporary Muzio Clementi; and

-- the rarely heard Polonaise in E Major by Liszt.

Nosikova, who joined the UI faculty in 1998, has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe and South America. She has been invited to perform at international festivals in Munster, France; Rimini, Italy; and Rovin, Yugoslavia; as well as the Aspen and Sarasota Music Festivals in the United States. In 2006 she was named a Steinway artist.

Her Liszt recordings have earned remarkable critical praise. Classics today wrote that "Ksenia Nosikova proves to be a worthy contender on every level, as her stylish, intelligent, and technically rock-solid artistry bears out." And a review in the American Record Guide noted that "Her 'Polonaise Melancolique' is indeed revelatory . . . (with) extraordinary elasticity of rhythm, tasteful rubato, and above all, spellbinding atmosphere. I don't expect (to hear) this unusual work played so remarkably any time soon"

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072; cell: 319-541-2846;

A PRESS PHOTO of Nosikoa is available at