URBANA — Pianist Ksenia Nosikova, a professor of piano at the University of Iowa, will perform a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave.
Ed Rath, a former University of Illinois School of Music professor and administrator, said Nosikkova is a gifted pianist and will offer "unusual programming content."
The Steinway Artist will perform Sonata in F-sharp minor, Op. 25, No. 5, my Muzio Clementi; "Aus Meinem Tagebuch" ("From My Diary"), Op. 82, by Max Reger; "La Fenice: Sonata for Piano No. 1" (2006), by Lera Auerbach; "Prire des Matelots" ("Prayer of a Sailor") and "O Grand Saint Dominique" by Franz Liszt, from "Illustrations de opra L'Africaine" by Giacomo Meyerbeer; and Fantasy on Themes from "Rienzi" by Richard Wagner.
She has performed at prestigious concert and universities worldwide and in various music festivals. Among her recordings are the complete "Years of Pilgrimage" by Liszt, released by Centaur Records to critical acclaim.
Her recording of the "Italie" volume was called a "super disc" and chosen as one of six recommendable recordings by the London-based International Piano magazine.
Nosikova's collaboration with American composer Lera Auerbach led to her release of "Flight and Fire" (2007) by Profil Medien GmbH. Her latest CD recording, "Music for Piano and Chamber Orchestra," including Liszt's "Maldiction," was released to critical acclaim in 2009 on the same label.
Nosikova has been featured on several live radio and television programs. She is a graduate of Moscow Conservatory, where she received her undergraduate and master's (with highest honors) degrees. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Colorado.
Her students have won prizes at numerous international piano competitions and have performed as soloists with professional symphony orchestras. Many of her students have obtained college teaching jobs and been accepted to leading undergraduate and graduate music programs.
Since joining the Iowa faculty in 1998, Nosikova has presented more than 90 master classes. The winner of three international competitions, she often serves on competition jury panels.
She is also a member of the American Liszt Society's board of directors.