BIOGRAPHY

“Superb playing and a moving interpretation”  Limelight magazine. 

 

Xenia has performed with many of the orchestras around Australia and New Zealand including the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a recitalist in various venues across Australia, China, the UK, and the US, chiefly among those, Sydney, Melbourne, Shanghai, London, and Los Angeles. The venues she performed at include the Horncastle Arena, Sydney Opera House, Shanghai Concert Hall, Wigmore Hall, St. John's Smith Square, Boston Court Performing Arts Centre, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In addition, Xenia has worked with and or played in events of great composers like John Adams - inside the (G)gearbox 2017, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and John Corigliano. She also frequently performs with major ensembles and concert series around LA, including the Dilijan Chamber Music Series, MEC (Monday Evening Concerts), Cracow Duo, and Synchromy. Most recently, Xenia presented Kaija Saariaho’s Frises in a conference at UCSB, which was hosted by AWMAT (Alliance of Women in Media Arts and Technology). Furthermore, Xenia has partaken in outreach tours spanning both regional NSW in Australia and regional Washington State in the US.

 

She has been frequently aired live on 3MBS FM, ABC radio, Radio New Zealand, Shanghai People’s Radio Station Classical 94.7, KUSC, and Classical KING FM. She was the 2009 winner of the Gisborne International Music Competition. She was also a prizewinner of the Royal Academy of Music Violin Concerto Competition, and the winner of the Atwater Kent Concerto Competition. Furthermore, she was a part of the 2015 Atlantic Music Festival (AMF), and the 2015 Lucerne Festival Academy. Earlier in the summer of 2018, she was a fellow at the 2018 SICPP (Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice) which was held at the New England Conservatory in Boston, and the 2018 NMFS (New Music for Strings) which was held in Aarhus and Copenhagen in Denmark. 

 

Xenia has had masterclasses with Emerson String Quartet, Den Danske Strygekvartet (the Danish String Quartet), The Brentano String Quartet, Trio Dali, Cassatt Quartet, Danel Quartet, Attacca Quartet, Pamela Frank, John Corigliano, Richard O'Neill, Tasmin Little, Lina Bahn, Oleh Krysa, Charles Castleman, Kolja Blacher, Julian Rachlin, Zakhar Bron, Maxim Vengerov, Renaud Capuçon, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mari Kimura, Felix Andrievsky, and Edward Dusinberre (Takács Quartet).

 

Xenia completed her Bachelors of Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Professor Alice Waten, Upon graduating in 2012, she spent the summer of 2013 working intensely with Professor Boris Kuschnir. She furthered her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London under Professor György Pauk, achieving her Master of Arts degree. In 2016, she completed her Master of Music degree at the University of California, Los Angeles under the guidance of Professors Movses Pogossian, Guillaume Sutre, and Varty Manouelian. She is currently completing her doctorate studies at UCLA. Additionally, Xenia is a teaching fellow for the String Department within the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

 

Xenia was supported by the Tait Memorial Trust - The Thornton Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, Woolf Mernick, and Margot MacGibbon during her studies in London. She is supported by the Ian Potter Cultural Trust Fund, Friends of Strings Award, and Greenschlpoon, and the Edna and Yu Shan Han Foundation for her current studies at UCLA.

 

Xenia released her debut album in 2019, under SHEVA Contemporary. It will include works by Edith de Chizy, David Paterson, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Peter Sculthorpe, Rodion Shchedrin, and Eugène Ysaÿe. 

REPERTOIRE

CONCERTOS:

Bach, Johann Sebastian: Double Violin Concerto, BWV 1043

Bach, Johann Sebastian: Violin Concerto in A min, BWV 1041

Bach, Johann Sebastian: Violin Concerto in E maj, BWV  1042

Bartók, Béla: Violin Concerto No. 2, BB 117

Beethoven, Ludwig van: Violin Concerto in D maj, Op. 61

Berg, Alban: Violin Concerto

Brahms, Johannes: Violin Concerto in D maj, Op. 77

Bruch, Max: Violin Concerto in G min, Op. 26

Dvořák, Antonín: Violin Concerto in A min, Op. 53

Glazunov, Alexander: Violin Concerto in A min, Op. 82

Khachaturian, Aram: Violin Concerto in D min

Lalo, Édouard: Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21

Mendelssohn, Felix Bartholdy: Violin Concerto in E min, Op. 64

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Violin Concerto No. 2 in D maj, K. 211

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D maj, K. 218

Paganini, Niccolò: Violin Concerto No. 1

Prokofiev, Sergei: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D maj, Op. 19  

Prokofiev, Sergei: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G min, Op. 63

Saint-Saëns, Camille: Violin Concerto No. 3 in B min, Op. 61

Shchedrin, Rodion: Concerto 'Cantablie' for Violin and String Orchestra

Shostakovich, Dmitri: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A min, Op. 77

Sibelius, Jean: Violin Concerto in D min, Op. 47

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich: Violin Concerto in D maj, Op. 35

Vieuxtemps, Henri: Violin Concerto No. 5

Vivaldi, Antonio: The Four Seasons, Op. 8

Weill, Kurt: Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, Op. 12  

Wieniawski, Henryk: Violin Concerto No. 1 in F# min, Op. 14

Wieniawski, Henryk: Violin Concerto No. 2 in D min, Op. 22

CONTEMPORARY:
Adams, John: Road Movies (1995)

Adams, John: Son of Chamber Symphony (2007)

Adams, John: John’s Book of Alleged Dances (1994)

Anderson, Julian: Bach Machine (2003)

Armer, Elinor: Lockerbones/Airbones (1983)

Boulez, Pierre: Dérive I (1984)

Boulez. Pierre: Notations (1978/1984/1997-)

Boulez. Pierre: Rituel in Memoriam Bruno Maderna (1975)

Butterley, Nigel: Laudes (1965)

Cage, John: Thirteen (1992)

Carter, Elliott: Asko Concerto (2000)

Cheung, Anthony: Windswept Cypresses (2005)

Canat de Chizy, Édith: Irisations (1999)

Copland, Aaron: Piano Quartet (1950)

Corigliano, John: Sonata for Violin and Piano (1963)

Crumb, George: Black Angels (1971)

Crumb, George: Four Nocturnes Night Music II (1964)

Dean, Brett: Dream Sequence (2008)

Dupasin, Pascal: Trio Rombach (1997)

Freidlin, Jan: Twilight Music (1994)

Gill, Brad: Orovela (1997)

Gill, Brad: Pneuma (2012)

Glass, Philip: Façades (1981)

Greenbaum, Stuart: The Last Signal (2005)

Hartke, Stephen: Netsuke (2011)

Higdon, Jennifer: Wissahickon poeTrees (1998)

Hindson, Matthew: Comin’ Right Atcha (2002)

Hindson, Matthew: Little Chrissietina’s Magic Fantasy (1994)

Knussen, Oliver: Coursing, Op. 17 - Etude No. 1 (1979)

Knussen, Oliver: Ophelia Dances, Op. 13 - Book 1 (1975)

Kurtág, György: Signs, Games and Messages (1989-2004)

Ligeti, György: Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano (1982)

Matheson, James: Sonata for Violin and Piano (2007)

McNamara, Peter: Zodiac Turbulence (2010)

Nordentoft, Anders: City of Threads (1994)

Norman, Andrew: The Companion Guide to Rome (2010)

Nørgard, Per: Spell (1973)

Nyman, Michael: Something Connected with Energy (2008)

Pärt, Arvo: Fratres (1977)

Paterson, David: Phantasmagoria (2009)

Paterson, David: Reflections (2014)

Penderecki, Krzysztof: Sextet (2000)

Reich, Steve: Music for 18 Musicians (1974-1976)

Riordan, Brian: Recorded Ruins (2018)
Salonen, Esa-Pekka: Lachen Verlernt (2002)

Saariaho, Kaija: Frises (2011)

Schönberg, Arnold: Serenade, Op. 24 (1921/1923)

Schönberg, Arnold: Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte, Op. 41 (1942)

Schnittke, Alfred: Piano Quintet (1976)
Schnittke, Alfred: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 “Quasi Una Sonata” (1967/68)

Schnittke, Alfred: String Trio (1985)

Sculthorpe, Peter: Irkanda I : For Violin Alone (1955)

Sheng, Bright: Four Movements for Piano Trio (1990)

Slater: Conduction 1 & 2

Stanhope, Paul: Pulse • Heart • Beat [Originally Titled as “Throbbing”] (1998/2010)

Stockhausen, Karlheinz: Setz Die Segel Zur Sonne (1968)

Stravinsky, Igor: Elegy (1944)

Stucky, Steven: Boston Fancies (1985)

Tanguy, Éric: Duo Sonata (2005)

Takemitsu, Toru: Rain Coming “Ame zo foru” (1982)

Ter-Tadevosyan, John: String Quartet No. 2 (1966)

Torke, Michael: Music on the Floor (1992)

Vali, Reza: Calligraphy 10 “Khojasteh” (2000-2011)

Vine, Carl: Piano Trio “The Village” (2014)

Westlake, Nigel: Rare Sugar (2007)

Westlake, Nigel: Tall Tales but True (1992)

SONATAS:

Bach, Johann Sebastian: Sonata No. 1 in G min for Solo Violin, BWV 1001

Bach, Johann Sebastian: Partita No. 2 in D min for Solo Violin, BWV 1004

Bach, Johann Sebastian: Sonata No. 3 in C maj for Solo Violin, BWV 1006

Bartók, Béla: Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano, Sz. 75 BB 84

Bartók, Béla: Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano, Sz. 76

Bartók, Béla: Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz. 177 BB 124   

Beethoven, Ludwig van: 10 Sonatas for Piano and Violin

Brahms, Johannes: 3 Sonatas for Violin and Piano

Debussy, Claude: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G min, L 140

Franck, César: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A maj

Grieg, Edvard: 3 Sonatas for Violin and Piano

Poulenc, Francis: Sonata for Violin and Piano, FP 12

Prokofiev, Sergei: Violin Sonata No. 1 in F min, Op. 80

Ravel, Maurice: Sonata No. 2 for Piano and Violin

Schubert, Franz: Sonatina in D maj, Op. 137 No. 1, D. 384

Schubert, Franz: Sonatina in A min, Op. 137 No. 2, D. 385

Schubert, Franz: Sonatina in G min, Op. 137 No. 3, D. 408

Schubert, Franz: Sonata in A maj 'Duo' Op. posth. 162, D. 574

Schumann, Robert: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A min, Op. 105

Schumann, Robert: Violin Sonata No. 2 in D min, Op. 121

Shchedrin, Rodion: Echo Sonata for Solo Violin

Shostakovich, Dmitri: Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 134

Tartini, Giuseppe: Violin Sonata in G min

Ysaÿe, Eugène: Sonata No. 1 in G min for Solo Violin, Op. 27

Ysaÿe, Eugène: Sonata No. 2 in A min for Solo Violin, Op. 27

Ysaÿe, Eugène: Sonata No. 3 in D min for Solo Violin, Op. 27

Ysaÿe, Eugène: Sonata No. 4 in E min for Solo Violin, Op. 27

Ysaÿe, Eugène: Sonata No. 6 in E maj for Solo Violin, Op. 27

OTHER:

Bartók, Béla: Rhapsody No. 1, Sz 87 BB 94

Bartók, Béla: Rhapsody No. 2, Sz 90 BB 96

Beethoven, Ludwig van: Romance in F maj, Op. 50

Bloch, Ernest: 'Nigun' from Baal Shem for Violin and Orchestra

Chausson, Ernest: Poème, Op. 25

Gershwin, George: Songs from 'Porgy and Bess' (Trans. J. Heifetz)

Gershwin, George: Three Preludes (Trans. J. Heifetz)

Khachaturian, Aram: Sabre Dance (Trans. J. Heifetz)

Lutosławski, Witold: Partita

Lutosławski, Witold: Recitative e Arioso for Violin and Piano

Lutosławski, Witold: Subito for Violin and Piano

Messiaen, Olivier: Theme and Variations

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Adagio in E maj, K. 261

Paganini, Niccolò: Cantabile, Op. 17

Prokofiev, Sergei: Five Melodies for Violin and Piano, Op. 35

Prokofiev, Sergei:'March' from Love for 3 Oranges  

Ravel, Maurice: Tzigane

Saint-Saëns, Camille: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28

Saint-Saëns, Camille: Havanaise, Op. 83

Saint-Saëns, Camille: Danse Macabre, Op. 40

Sarasate, Pablo de: Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25

Sarasate, Pablo de: Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43

Sarasate, Pablo de: Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

Shostakovich, Dmitri: 4 Preludes, Op. 34

Vaughan Williams, Ralph: The Lark Ascending  

Waxman, Franz: Carmen Fantasie

Wieniawski, Henryk: Legende, Op. 17

Wieniawski, Henryk: Polonaise No. 1, Op. 4

Wieniawski, Henryk: Polonaise Brillante, Op. 21

Wieniawski, Henryk: Scherzo-Tarantelle, Op. 16

Wieniawski, Henryk: Theme Original Varie, Op. 15

CHAMBER MUSIC:

Bartók, Béla: 44 Duos for 2 Violins

Bartók, Béla: Contrast (for Clarinet, Violin and Piano)

Beethoven, Ludwig van: Piano Trio No. 3 in C min, Op. 1

Beethoven, Ludwig van: Piano Trio in Bb Maj, Op. 97 'Archduke'  

Beethoven, Ludwig van: 6 String Quartets, Op. 18

Beethoven, Ludwig van: String Quartet No. 12 in Eb Maj, Op. 127

Borodin, Alexander: String Quartet, No. 2

Brahms, Johannes: Horn Trio in Eb Maj, Op. 40  

Brahms, Johannes: Piano Trio No. 3 in C min, Op. 101

Brahms, Johannes: Piano Quintet, Op. 34

Dohnányi, Ernő: Serenade, Op. 10

Dvořák, Antonín: Piano Trio No. 4 in E min, Op. 90 B. 166 'Dumky'  

Dvořák, Antonín: String Quartet No. 12 in F maj, Op. 96 'American'

Ginastera, Alberto: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20

Haydn, Joseph: Piano Trio No. 39 in G Maj, Hob. XV/25 “Gypsy”

Komitas: Miniatures

Leighton, Kenneth: Piano Trio, Op. 46

Ligeti, György: String Quartet No. 1 “Métamorphoses Nocturnes”

Ligeti, György: Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano

Ravel, Maurice: Piano Trio

Ravel, Maurice: String Quartet in F maj

Schönberg, Arnold: Verklärte Nacht

Schubert, Franz: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor “Death and the Maiden”, D. 810

Schubert, Franz: String Quartet No. 13 in A minor “Rosamunde”, D. 804, Op. 29

Shostakovich, Dmitri: Piano Trio No. 2 in E min, Op. 67  

Shostakovich, Dmitri: String Quartet No. 2  in A maj, Op. 68

Shostakovich, Dmitri: String Quartet No. 8 in C min, Op. 110

Smetana, Bedřich: Piano Trio in G min, Op. 15  
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich: Piano Trio in A min, Op. 50

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