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Nadia Shpachenko

Claremont, CA         

GRAMMY® winning 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. Currently Nadia is leading a 25-member consortium commission project through Global Premiere. The consortium will premiere a new piece by Vera Ivanova in 10 countries and 16 USA states.

Described as “an exceptional recording of newly composed piano works,” Nadia’s 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 by Nadia Shpachenko and Genevieve Feiwen Lee for Tom Flaherty’s Airdancing for Toy Piano, Piano and Electronics, and Producer of the Year, Classical for Marina A. Ledin and Victor Ledin. “Sure to remain a mainstay of the contemporary discography for posterity” (New Classic LA), 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 “Superb… evocative… pure magic” (I Care If You Listen), 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. It won a 2020 GRAMMY® Award in the Best Classical Compendium Category. 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, The Alice M. Ditson Fund at Columbia University, and New Music USA, among others.

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.


Trailer for Nadia Shpachenko’s “The Poetry of Places” album. World Premiere recordings of architecture-inspired works by Andrew Norman, Harold Meltzer, Jack Van Zandt, Hannah Lash, Amy Beth Kirsten, James Matheson, Lewis Spratlan, and Nina C. Young. The 8 compositions monumentalize places as wildly diverse as the Aaron Copland House (Cortlandt Manor), The American Visionary Art Museum (Baltimore), Louis Kahn’s National Assembly Buildings (Bangladesh), Newgrange Ancient Temple (Ireland), and Frank Gehry’s House (Santa Monica).

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Tom Flaherty: Airdancing for Toy Piano, Piano, and Electronics

Tom Flaherty: “Airdancing” for Toy Piano, Piano, and Electronics from Nadia Shpachenko’s 2014 album “Woman at the New Piano.” This track was nominated for 58th GRAMMY® Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble performance. Nadia Shpachenko, piano, Genevieve Feiwen Lee, toy piano.

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G. Crumb: Music for a Summer Evening (Makrokosmos III)

George Crumb: “Music for a Summer Evening” (Makrokosmos III, 1974) for Two Amplified Pianos and Percussion (Two Players). Nadia Shpachenko, piano, Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano, Nick Terry, percussion, Justin DeHart, percussion. Recorded live, Pomona College, November 6, 2011.

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