Ukrainian pianist Nadia Shpachenko has received the prestigious Grammy Music Award, the award website reports. The pianist’s album “The Poetry of Places,” which was recorded with Joan Pearce Martin, Nick Terry and Corey Hills, won the category “Best Classical Compendium.”
Nadia Shpachenko was born in Ukraine. In 1991, she moved to Israel with her mother, and in 1994 she moved to the United States to earn a bachelor’s degree in classical music in Cambridge. She her piano classes from the age of five, and by the age of 13, she gained recognition as a pianist and composer, performing with the Kharkiv Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and taking the second place in the All-Ukrainian competition of young composers.
Shpachenko received the title of Doctor of Musical Arts and Master at the University of Southern California, and graduated with excellent marks. Among her teachers are John Perry in Los Angeles, Victor Rosenbaum in Boston, Victor Derevyanko in Israel, and Serafima Schwartz in Ukraine.