Nadia Shpachenko

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About Nadia Shpachenko

Pianist Nadia Shpachenko is a notable champion of contemporary music, having given the premieres of numerous works by some of the biggest names in the field. She is a frequent honoree at U.S. awards ceremonies, including the Grammy awards. Shpachenko was born in Ukraine, and she has lived in southern California for many years. A New Classic LA reviewer described a Shpachenko performance with the words: "A marvelous Ukrainian bleakness poured grimly out of the keyboard under Ms. Shpachenko's steady hands." Shpachenko earned master's and doctoral degrees in music at the University of Southern California, earning designation as an Outstanding Graduate. She studied with John Perry, Victor Rosenbaum, and Victor Derevianko. Shpachenko has also performed under the name Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman. Earning a reputation as an energetic promoter of new works, she has given the world premieres of more than 70 works, including those by such major composers as George Crumb, Iannis Xenakis, and Missy Mazzoli. She has given recitals in major venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Disney Hall in Los Angeles, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. An enthusiastic chamber player, she has collaborated with clarinetist Boris Allakhverdyan and with the Lyris and Argus Quartets, among others. Much of the music she performs is marked by unusual sonorities or instrumentation; she is Steinway Artist and, more unusually, a Schoenhut Toy Piano Artist. Shpachenko is a professor of music at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and also teaches doctoral students at Claremont Graduate University. Shpachenko has been especially successful as a recording artist. Her album Woman at the New Piano: American Music of 2013, on the Reference Recordings label, earned three Grammy nominations, and 2019's The Poetry of Places, also on Reference Recordings, earned two Grammy nominations and one win for Best Classical Compendium. Her 2018 album Quotations and Homages includes premieres of solo and collaborative works for six pianists, all inspired by earlier music. ~ James Manheim


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