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Sunday, February 7, 2016
3:30 pm
Dabney Hall, Lounge – Dabney Hall

Pianist Nadia Shpachenko Presents Six West Coast Premieres

Grammy® nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko will present a program of new and recent works, including six West Coast Premieres. The recital, titled Quotations and Homages, will feature newly-written works inspired by a variety of earlier composers and pieces, from Mozart to Brahms to Messiaen to Carter to Gubaidulina to The Velvet Underground. In a program both serious and lighthearted, older works will be brought to new light through piano, electronics and multimedia by contemporary composers Missy Mazzoli, Daniel Felsenfeld, Tom Flaherty, Vera Ivanova, Michael Vincent Waller, Peter Yates, Matthew Elgart, Adam Borecki, and Nick Norton.

Admission is free and no tickets are required.


  • Missy Mazzoli: Bolts of Loving Thunder (2013)
  • Daniel Felsenfeld: Down to You is Up (1998, rev. 2015) West Coast Premiere
  • Tom Flaherty: Rainbow Tangle (2015) West Coast Premiere
  • Vera Ivanova: 6 Fugitive Memories (2015) West Coast Premiere
  • Michael Vincent Waller: Visages VII - Inside World (2015) West Coast Premiere
  • Peter Yates: Epitaphs and Youngsters (2015) West Coast Premiere
  • Matthew Elgart: Omaggio (2015) West Coast Premiere
  • Adam Borecki: Accidental Mozart (2014)
  • Nick Norton: Piano Piece for Mr. Carter's 100th Birthday (2008)

Grammy® nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko has performed extensively in solo recitals and with orchestras in major venues across North America, Europe and Asia. Described by critics as a "truly inspiring and brilliant pianist... spellbinding in sensitivity and mastery of technique," Nadia enjoys bringing into the world things that are outside the box – powerful pieces that often possess unusual sonic qualities or instrumentation. She performs on piano, toy piano, harpsichord, and percussion in concerts that often feature recitation, electronics and multimedia. Described as "an exceptional recording of newly composed piano works" (Textura Magazine), Nadia's World Premieres CD Woman at the New Piano: American Music of 2013 was released worldwide on the Reference Recordings label in November 2014 and was just 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.

Nadia's concerts included solo recitals at Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic, the Phillips Collection, REDCAT @ Disney Hall, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, chamber performances at the Hear Now, Sarasota, and Montecito Music Festivals, and concerto appearances with the Kharkov Philharmonic and the Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestras. As a chamber musician, Nadia frequently collaborates with prominent artists, most recently including Emanuel Borok, Martin Chalifour, Jin-Shan Dai, Justin DeHart, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Vijay Gupta, Maja Jasper, Dahae Kim, Genevieve Lee, Timothy Loo, Jerome Lowenthal, Marek Szpakiewicz, Kathleen Supové, Nick Terry, Ben Ullery, and the Lyris Quartet.

An enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music, she has been chosen to give world and national premieres of more than 50 piano, string piano, and toy piano works by Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Tom Flaherty, Annie Gosfield, Yuri Ishchenko, Vera Ivanova, Leon Kirchner, Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, James Matheson, Harold Meltzer, Adam Schoenberg, Lewis Spratlan, Diego Vega, Iannis Xenakis, Peter Yates, and others. Nadia's upcoming recording project The Poetry of Places will bring together music and architecture in works written for her by Annie Gosfield, Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, James Matheson, Harold Meltzer, and Lewis Spratlan, as well as in Andrew Norman's Frank's House written for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's Westside Connections series. Nadia premiered the new works by Spratlan and Gosfield on October 27, 2015 (Piano Spheres Series) and will premiere, tour and record the new architecture-inspired program in 2016.

Nadia currently serves on the faculties of Cal Poly Pomona and Claremont Graduate Universities. Born in Ukraine, and now a long time Southern Californian, Nadia Shpachenko resides in the Los Angeles area with her husband and twin sons. Nadia Shpachenko is a Steinway Artist.

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