Pianist Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman 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," she recently toured Mexico with Orquesta de Baja California, performed with the Kharkov Philharmonic, the Ukrainian National Symphony and the Ukrainian National Radio Symphony Orchestras in Ukraine and the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra in California. An enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music, she has given world and national premieres of dozens of piano, string piano and toy piano works by composers such as Leon Kirchner, George Crumb, Henry Cowell, Elliott Carter, Iannis Xenakis, Peter Yates, Tom Flaherty, Dave Kopplin, Yury Ishchenko and others. As a distinguished chamber musician, Dr. Shpachenko has most recently collaborated with such renowned artists as Jerome Lowenthal, Victor Rosenbaum, Genevieve Lee, Martin Chalifour, Ronald Leonard, Julie Landsman, and the Biava String Quartet.
Dr. Shpachenko is currently Associate Professor of Music at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Adjunct Professor of Music at the Claremont Graduate University, and piano faculty at the Montecito International Music Festival. In addition, she has recently served as visiting faculty at Pomona College, guest lecturer at the California Institute of the Arts, Artist in Residence at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and Associate Faculty at the Sarasota International Music Festival. Winner of many international piano competitions, Dr. Shpachenko frequently gives master classes in conservatories and universities in the United States and abroad. She 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.