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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
-- 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
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
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.