World Premiere recordings of new works for piano, chamber instruments and electronics from 4 notable modern composers SAN FRANCISCO - The new works were composed as a celebration of a newly transformed world, for the new 5,125 year cycle of the Mayan Calendar- inspired by the happy fact that the world did NOT end on December 21, 2012 at the end of the previous Mayan Calendar cycle! All the pieces touch on themes of transformation, of resonances across time, of cycles of rebirth.  Tom Flaherty: Airdancing for toy piano, piano, and electronics (premiere) [2-6] Peter Yates: Finger Songs (premiere) [7-10] Adam Schoenberg: Picture Etudes for solo piano (premiere) [11-13] Tom Flaherty: Part Suite-a for solo piano (premiere)  James Matheson: Cretic Variations for solo piano (premiere)  Adam Schoenberg: Bounce for two pianos (premiere)
Pianist Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman is currently Associate Professor of Music, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She has performed extensively in solo recitals and with orchestras in major venues across North America, Europe and Asia. 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. As a young pianist, Nadia won top prizes in numerous competitions, including the Wideman International Piano Competition, Grace Welsh International Piano Competition, California International Young Artists Piano Competition, Corpus Christi International Piano Competition, National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Competition, MTNA Collegiate Piano Competition, SouthEast Symphony Concerto Competition, and the USC Piano Concerto Competition. In 2003 Nadia had her New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall, as the winner of Artists International Special Presentation Award.