CD Release Concert for multiple GRAMMY® nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko’s new Reference Recordings album “The Poetry of Places”. This program will include 5 San Francisco premieres of architecture-inspired works by Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, James Matheson, Harold Meltzer, and Jack Van Zandt from Shpachenko’s new CD, as well as 2 World Premieres and 2 West Coast premieres of works by Paul Chihara, Thea Musgrave, José Serebrier, and Lewis Spratlan.
Harold Meltzer: “In Full Sail” for solo piano San Francisco Premiere
Jack Van Zandt: “Sí an Bhrú” for piano and electronics San Francisco Premiere
Hannah Lash: “Give Me Your Songs” for solo piano San Francisco Premiere
Amy Beth Kirsten: “h.o.p.e.” for piano, toy piano, and voice San Francisco Premiere
James Matheson: “Alone, in waters shimmering and dark” for solo piano San Francisco Premiere
Lewis Spratlan: “6 RAGS” for solo piano World Premiere
Thea Musgrave: “Snapshots” for solo piano West Coast Premiere
José Serebrier: Piano Sonata West Coast Premiere
Paul Chihara: “3 Reveries after Beethoven” for solo piano World Premiere
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 Reference Recordings CD “Woman at the New Piano” was nominated for 58th GRAMMY® Awards in 3 categories. Described as “a most invigorating and distinctive release” (Fanfare Magazine), Nadia’s 2018 Reference Recordings release “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. Described as “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”. She is a Steinway Artist and professor of music at Cal Poly Pomona University and Claremont Graduate University.