Pianist Nadia Shpachenko receives raves for Bargemusic concert in NYC
Nadia Shpachenko (DMA ’04, MM ’99, Piano Performance), an alumna of the USC Thornton Keyboard Studies program, recently presented her “Poetry of Places” recital program as part of the Bargemusic concert series in Brooklyn. The June 24th recital featured new works by six composers – Lewis Spratlan, Harold Meltzer, James Matheson, Hannah Lash, Amy Beth Kirsten, and Jack Van Zandt – who were commissioned by Shpachenko to compose piano pieces inspired by architecture.
Shpachenko has emerged as a notable advocate for new music and received three GRAMMY nominations for her 2015 album, “Woman at the New Piano” (Reference Recordings). Her Bargemusic program, which was enthusiastically reviewed by New York Classical Review and ConcertoNet.com, featured the world premiere of Matheson’s “Alone, in Waters Shimmering and Dark.”