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Nadia Shpachenko: Bio

Multiple GRAMMY® nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko enjoys bringing into the world things that are outside the box – powerful pieces that often possess unusual sonic qualities or instrumentation. Described as a "gifted and versatile pianist" (San Francisco Chronicle), "one of today's foremost promoters of contemporary music" (Textura Magazine), and "a great friend and champion of new music" (Fanfare Magazine), Nadia performed recitals at Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, on the Piano Spheres and Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella and Chamber Music Series, and with numerous orchestras in Europe and the Americas. She premiered more than 70 works by Elliott Carter, Paul Chihara, George Crumb, Daniel Felsenfeld, Tom Flaherty, Annie Gosfield, Vera Ivanova, Leon Kirchner, Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, James Matheson, Missy Mazzoli, Harold Meltzer, Isaac Schankler, Adam Schoenberg, Lewis Spratlan, Gernot Wolfgang, Iannis Xenakis, Peter Yates, Jack Van Zandt, and many others.

Nadia's debut Reference Recordings CD "Woman at the New Piano: American Music of 2013" was nominated for 58th GRAMMY® Awards in 3 categories: Best Classical Compendium, Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, and Producer of the Year, Classical. "Sure to remain a mainstay of the contemporary discography for posterity" (New Classic LA), Nadia's 2018 Reference Recordings CD "Quotations and Homages" features premieres of solo and collaborative works for 6 pianists (performed with Ray-Kallay Duo, HOCKET and Genevieve Feiwen Lee) inspired by a variety of earlier composers and pieces. "An impressive collection of new works by outstanding contemporary composers, performed by first-rate musicians" (Sequenza21), Nadia's new 2019 Reference Recordings album "The Poetry of Places" features premieres of solo and collaborative works (performed with LA Phil pianist Joanne Pearce Martin and LAPQ percussionists Nick Terry and Cory Hills) inspired by diverse buildings. She is also featured on Isaac Schankler's 2019 Aerocade Music album "Because Patterns" and Gernot Wolfgang's 2019 Albany Records album "Vienna and the West". Nadia's recording projects are supported by grants from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The Alice M. Ditson Fund at Columbia University, among others.

As a distinguished chamber musician, Nadia frequently collaborates with prominent artists, most recently including Boris Allakhverdyan, Sarah Cahill, Martin Chalifour, Jin-Shan Dai, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Vijay Gupta, Dahae Kim, Jerome Lowenthal, Kathleen Supové, Ben Ullery, and the Lyris and Argus Quartets. Her recent collaborative performances were featured on Los Angeles Philharmonic's Chamber Music Series and the Hear Now Music Festival.

Nadia Shpachenko is Professor of Music at Cal Poly Pomona University, where she leads the Piano Performance program and was awarded the 2017 Provost's Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activities. She is also on the faculty of Claremont Graduate University, where she teaches Doctoral piano students. Nadia completed her DMA and MM degrees at the University of Southern California, where she was awarded the title of Outstanding Graduate. Her principal teachers included John Perry, Victor Rosenbaum, and Victor Derevianko. Nadia Shpachenko is a Steinway Artist and a Schoenhut Toy Piano Artist.

1 Andrew Norman Frank's House for two pianists and two percussionists 09:25  
2 Harold Meltzer In Full Sail for solo piano 07:49  
3 Jack Van Zandt Si an Bhru for piano and electronics 11:52  
4 Hannah Lash Give Me Your Songs for solo piano 7:09  
5 Amy Beth Kirsten h.o.p.e. for piano, toy piano, and voice 6:12  
6 James Matheson Alone, in waters shimmering and dark for solo piano / Island 3:52  
7 James Matheson Alone, in waters shimmering and dark for solo piano / Capillary Waves 2:14  
8 James Matheson Alone, in waters shimmering and dark for solo piano / To Sky 2:52  
9 Lewis Spratlan Bangladesh for solo piano 15:01  
10 Nina C. Young Kolokol for two pianos and electronics 11:06  
Trailer by Nadia Shpachenko

Nadia Shpachenko's latest Reference Recordings release The Poetry of Places features World Premiere recordings of works for solo piano, for two pianos, percussion, electronics, voice, and toy piano in a fascinating mélange inspired by great architecture and places. The eight compositions monumentalize places as wildly diverse as the Copland House in Cortlandt, NY, The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Louis Kahn's National Assembly Buildings in Bangladesh, Newgrange Ancient Temple in Ireland, and Frank Gehry's House in Santa Monica, CA. Included is a significant new work from Andrew Norman, Frank's House, for two pianos and percussion, and another large work from Nina C. Young, Kolokol, for two pianos and electronics (a ‘fantasy' inspired by Russian Orthodox Church Bells), recorded with Los Angeles Philharmonic pianist Joanne Pearce Martin and Los Angeles Percussion Quartet artists Nick Terry and Cory Hills. Additionally, six solo works were written specifically for this project by Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, James Matheson, Harold Meltzer, Lewis Spratlan, and Jack Van Zandt. The composers use very different musical approaches and sonic techniques in response to their chosen spaces.

Crossover Media Projects with: Nadia Shpachenko