Performing with Toy Pianos | Gresham College Lecture-Recital | Xenia Pestova
Toy pianos were first made in the 19th century. This lecture/recital by Xenia Pestova 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.
Works by Ailís Ní Ríain, Henk van der Vliet, John Cage, Karlheinz Essl, Errollyn Wallen, Yfat Soul Zisso, Clio Montrey, Michael Finnissy and Ed Bennett