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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 Spano.

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 master classes.

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 Stuttgart, Germany.

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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