Konstantin Shamray

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Konstantin Shamray (born 27 May 1985, Novosibirsk) is a Russian pianist. Konstantin Shamray was born in Novosibirsk and began musical-schooling at the age of six in the Kemerovo Music School with Natalia Knobloch. From 1996 he continued his studies in Moscow at the Gnessin Special Music School , later at the Russian Gnessin Academy of Music with Professor Tatiana Zelikman and Professor Vladimir Tropp, and then at Musikhochshule Freiburg with Professor Dr. Tibor Szasz. He has been the recipient of several Foundation Awards.

Konstantin outbursted the music scene in August 2008 as Winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition. He captured people’s attention as the first in the history of the Legendary Competition to take out both First and Peoples’ Choice Prize along with six other special prizes. Immediately after this event, he undertook a successful tour of 27 concerts in all states of Australia and a year later performed 14 concerts with the Australian String Quartet throughout Australia.

Since then he has performed in many concert halls in Moscow and in many other cities in Russia as well as in Italy, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgrade, Austria, China. His solo recitals have varied programs and he has appeared as a soloist with international orchestras including the Prague, Belgrade and Moscow Philharmonic Orchestras, Russian National Philharmonic, Maryinsky Theatre orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, Moscow Virtuosi and the Sydney Symphony. Konstantin has performed with distinguished conductors including Vladimir Spivakov, Tugan Sokhiev, Dmitry Liss, Nicholas Milton, Lawrence Foster, Alexandr Vedernikov, Jonas Alber, Kirill Karabitz, Kirill Petrenko.

The young pianist has performed at such festivals as Ruhr Klavier Festival,the Bochum Festival and Kissingen Sommer in Germany, White Nights Festival in St.Petersburg, receiving critical acclaim. In October 2011 the pianist won the First prize at the Klavier Olympiade in Bad Kissingen, Germany In 2012 Naxos has released Konstantin’s recording of the last set of 18 piano pieces (Op 72) by Tchaikovsky and ABC Classics has produced a new cd with works by Scriabin, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev.

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