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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Dr Xenia Pestova Bennett is an Assistant Professor in Music at the University of Nottingham.
She is an innovative performer, composer and educator and has earned a reputation as a leading interpreter of uncompromising repertoire by living composers alongside masterpieces from the past.
Her widely acclaimed recordings are available on Diatribe Records, Innova Recordings, Naxos Records, and TakuRoku. www.xeniapestovabennett.com
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