December 15, 2015

Music Department Studio Professor Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman’s album nominated for three Grammy Awards

Claremont Graduate University Music Department studio professor Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman’s album “Woman at the New Piano” has been nominated for three Grammy Awards.

Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman
Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman

The nominations came in the categories for 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.

They were made public on Dec. 7. Winners will be announced at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony on Feb. 15 2016.

Shpachenko-Gottesman is a pianist who has performed extensively in solo recitals and with orchestras in major venues across North America Europe and Asia.

Her inspiration for the album came in December 2012 when pop culture imagination ran wild and many people predicted an apocalypse due to misinterpretations of the Mayan calendar. Delighted when the predictions fell flat she partnered with composers Tom Flaherty James Matheson Adam Schoenberg and Peter Yates to record 15 original tracks that touch on the themes of transformation resonances across time and cycles of rebirth.

In October the album received gold medals in three categories at the Global Music Awards.

Watch the trailer for “Woman at the New Piano.”