Russian-Australian pianist Nadia Koudasheva is an active soloist, chamber musician, accompanist and teacher who has played in Australia, Russia, a number of European countries, Canada, and China.
Venues that Nadia has performed at include the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Moscow State Conservatory (Myaskovsky Hall), City Recital Hall Sydney, Freiburg Kaisersaal (Germany), Moscow Prokofiev Museum, Pavlovsk Estate (St Petersburg, Russia), Government House (Sydney), Theme and Variations Showroom (Sydney) as well as in Portugal, Estonia, Belgium, Italy, China, and numerous Australian cities (including Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne). Nadia has played for many music organisations such as the Friends of Sydney International Piano Competition, the Federated Music Clubs, and Steinway and Sons.
After graduating with First Class Honours from the Sydney Conservatorium under the guidance of Phillip Shovk, Nadia furthered her studies at the Moscow State Conservatory as part of an extension course (stazhyrovka). Currently Nadia is undertaking her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Sydney, during which she is exploring Russian polyphonic technique, the contextualisation of Bach transcriptions and their applications in pedagogy and performance (supervisors Dr David Larkin and Phillip Shovk).
Performing S. Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 2, Nadia became a prizewinner at the XVI Moscow International Festival of Young Soloists. She has also played at the International Piano Festival in Italy, The International Piano Academy Freiburg/Freiburg Pianofest (Germany), the ANAM Piano! Festival and the Alion Baltic International Festival.
Nadia has been the recipient of the George Henderson Scholarship, the Audience Prize at the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition, has performed at the Australian National Piano Award, and has been a finalist of the Theme and Variations Foundation Awards. Previous awards include the John and Dorothy Vimpani Pianoforte Scholarship, 1st prize in the Irene Hope Gibson Memorial Competition, the CHAOS Special Purpose Grant for performances in Europe, and 2nd prizes in the Freshwater Chamber Music Competition and the NSW Accompanist Guild Award. She has also performed at the state finals of the Yamaha Australian Youth Piano Competition.
In her Honours thesis (supervised by Natalia Sheludiakova) Nadia analysed transcriptions of works of J. S. Bach by Russian/Soviet pianists. A summary and a number of resources gathered as a result of this research are presented on the page ‘Russian Bach’.
As a researcher Nadia has also looked into the availability of music scores for people with special vision needs and has presented her findings at the International conference ‘Methodological and Methodical Problems of Pedagogy in Art’ 2015 held in Saint Petersburg. The list of studied materials can be seen on the page ‘VIP’ (in Russian). In addition to this, Nadia has presented at the International conference ‘Technique of Musical Composition in the Author’s Indications’ at the Russian Academy of Music named after the Gnessins, The Traditions-Transitions Conference at the Orpheus Institute, Belgium, and at Sydney Conservatorium and Musicological Society of Australia Symposiums.
On a number of occasions Nadia has recorded works for broadcast on Fine Music FM radio.
As a chamber musician, Nadia has been a member of various ensembles from duos to quintets, and frequently appears as an associate artist. She also has experience in the harpsichord and fortepiano, having taken a number of Early Keyboard courses with Neal Peres da Costa, a masterclass with Shalev Ad El, and having been the harpsichordist in a number of ensemble performances.
Nadia has played in masterclasses for pianists such as Angela Hewitt, Boris Berman, Nina Tichman, Aquiles Delle Vigne, Daniel Pollack, Oxana Yablonskaya, Christian Müller, Michel Bourdoncle and Jura Margulis.
In 2010 Nadia graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium High School with Encore nominations in NSW HSC Music 2 and Music Extension, a Premier's All-Rounder Award and a second place in the state in the German Beginners course. Prior to coming to the Conservatorium High School, Nadia took lessons from Nelly Jacono.
Nadia teaches piano and theory since 2010, having worked with students of different ages and levels, both in Australia and in Russia. She is also giving lessons as part of the Sydney Conservatorium Open Academy Program. Further information can be found on the page ‘Education’.
Aside from her artistic endeavours, Nadia also has an interest in science.