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Meet composer
Xenia Pestova Bennett

I play the piano and a variety of other weird and wonderful keyboards: toy piano, Indian harmonium, a range of electronic instruments/synths and hybrids such as the Magnetic Resonator Piano.

Two fun facts:
1. I have recently moved to the north of Ireland, where I joined a group of people who swim in the freezing Atlantic at least once a week (no wetsuits - just regular togs!).

2. One of my most memorable (post)-concert experiences is launching my record at a contemporary music festival and then proceeding to spill beer all over American composer Julia Wolfe's iPhone at the pub afterwards. Julia's group "Bang on a Can" performed an incredible version of her work "Flower Power" at the festival. She was very sweet and calm about the incident, dried her phone with her hat and we spent a long time chatting about nature, music and her dog.

My latest album 'Atomic Legacies' is out now on Diatribe Records.

I am collaborating with Austrian composer Karlheinz Essl on several realisations of his radical reinterpretation of Bach's Goldberg Variations with live electronics, Gold.Berg.Werk.


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Photo credit: Dimitri Djuric