Katia Pesti

She has studied the piano inside out, quite literally, since childhood. At five, she was already inquisitive and fearless: as often found curled up inside the grand piano in her family home, as playing around or on it. That relationship with the piano is a hallmark of Katia‟s playing and composition today. In 1985, Katia Pesti Graduated as a pianist at F. Cilea Conservatory, in Reggio Calabria, under the guidance of Roberto Bianco. Then following a piano improvement course at Accademia Chigiana (Siena) with Guido Agosti, Katia became interested in therapeutic aspects of music. During this time, she graduated in Music Therapy at CEP of Assisi and attended a three-year dance therapy course at Milan‟s Scuola Civica, with renowned Argentinian dancer and choreographer Maria Fux. This developing interest in different expressive languages led Katia to percussion and music from outside Europe, studying with soloist and musical director of the legendary Percussions de Strasbourg, Christian Hamouy and venturing into the realms of electronic music with Alessandro Cipriani, at Institute Bellini in Catania. Moved by Asian music and the music of Indonesia in particular, Katia further extended her studies to include Balinese Gamelan. In the 90‟s, Katia begins to work as a composer and as a pianist, both with classical music and with an ethnic and experimental musical repertoire: a part of her journey that found her working with jazz and rock bands and of course, her beloved piano and percussion. Inspired and fuelled by these experiences, Katia has created an original system of composition, in which classic language elements are melded with ethnic sounds, thanks to particularly minimalist setups and enriched by several percussion instruments, from the Balinese Rejong to the Xylophone. Crucially to Katia‟s own compositions, she has developed a personal technique that allows her to play piano and percussion simultaneously.