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Wednesday, 26 May 2021, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
LSO St Luke's

Performing with Toy Pianos

Xenia Pestova Bennett

Toy pianos were first made in the 19th century. 

This lecture/recital tells the story of an instrument originally marketed at children, that subsequently made a surprising transition into the professional sphere and is currently enjoying unprecedented popularity as a concert instrument in its own right with a growing body of repertoire. This unusual miniature instrument provides a respite from the traditional implications of the grand piano and breaks the ice with audiences.

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Xenia is an Assistant Professor in Music at the University of Nottingham. She is an innovative performer and educator and has earned a reputation as a leading interpreter of uncompromising repertoire alongside masterpieces from the past.

From 2011-2015 Xenia was the Head of Performance at Bangor University, where she founded and directed the highly successful INTER/actions Festival and Symposium for interactive electronic music.

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