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Celebrating 40 years in 2017
Next Competition July 2020

Konstantin Shamray, 5 - 11 October

40th Anniversary National Recital Series

   

  Biography

Konstantin Shamray was born into a musical family in 1985 in Novosibirsk, Russia and at age 6 started formal studies at the Kemerovo Music School with Natalia Knobloch.  He later studied in Moscow at the Gnessin Special Music School, and the Russian Gnessin Academy of Music with Professor Tatiana Zelikman, then post-graduate studies with Vladimir Tropp.  In 2014, he completed post masters-equivalent advanced courses at Hochschule fuer Musik in Freiburg, Germany with Professor Tibor Szasz. He is currently completing a PhD at the Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide.

Konstantin is the first and only competitor to date in the 40 years of the Sydney International Piano Competition to win both First and People’s Choice Prizes, in addition to six other prizes.  Immediately following his unprecedented success, he undertook a tour of 27 performances throughout all Australian states and territories. He partnered with the Australian String Quartet for their 13-concert National Subscription Tour of 2009 and recorded CDs for the labels Naxos, ABC Classics and Fonoforum.

He has performed with the Russian National Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Orchestre National de Lyon, Prague Philharmonia, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony among others under the baton of distinguished conductors including Vladimir Spivakov, Dmitry Liss, Tugan Sokhiev, Nicholas Milton and Alexandr Vedernikov.

Konstantin won First Prize at the 2011 Klavier Olympiade in Bad Kissingen, Germany and now performs yearly at the Kissinger Sommer festival.  In July 2013, following chamber recitals with Alban Gerhardt and Feng Ning, he was awarded the festival’s coveted Luitpold Prize for “outstanding musical achievements”.  He has enjoyed critical acclaim at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, the Bochum Festival in Germany, the Mariinsky International Piano Festival, the White Nights Festival with the Maryinsky Theatre Orchestra in St. Petersburg and the Adelaide Festival.


Winning the Sydney International Piano Competition in 2008 changed my life. Suddenly I felt that the world had opened and I was free to follow my own chosen path.  The destiny of an artist is in constant development of one’s mastery and sincere service to the music, and having won a major competition, like Sydney, one certainly has more opportunities to achieve this.

- Konstantin Shamray

What The Media Say

  • "Shamray’s electrifying virtuosity was underpinned by an irrefutable clarity of musical logic and an unerring understanding of character." - Dylan Henderson, Limelight June 2016

  • "Konstantin Shamray proved just the man for the Prokofiev concerto. His commanding presence is as big as his Russian-built technique that makes light work of the keyboard pyrotechnics [of] Prokofiev." - Rodney Smith, The Advertiser June 2016

 

Repertoire

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Adagio in B minor K.540

Frédéric Chopin

Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor Op.58

  1. Allegro maestoso
  2. Scherzo - Molto vivace
  3. Largo
  4. Finale - Presto non tanto; Agitato

Interval

Pyotr Tchaikovsky

The Seasons Op.37a

  1. January: By the Hearth
  2. February: The Carnival
  3. March: Song of the Lark
  4. April: Snowdrop
  5. May: White Nights
  6. June: Barcarolle
  7. July: Reaper's Song
  8. August: The Harvest
  9. September: The Hunt
  10. October: Autumn Song
  11. November: On the Troika
  12. December: Christmas

Upcoming Recitals



Brisbane

Date: Saturday 7 October
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets:
  • Adult $55
  • Concession/Friends $49
  • Students $20
  • Groups of 5+ $47
*Booking fees may vary from 0.30 cents.

Venue

The Old Museum
480 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, QLD 4006

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Sydney

City Series Sponsor

Date: Sunday 8 October
Time: 3:00pm
Tickets:
  • Adult $55
  • Concession/Friends $49
  • Students $20
  • Groups of 5+ $47
*Booking fees may vary from 0.30 cents.

Venue

Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
1 Conservatorium Road, Sydney NSW 2000

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Melbourne

City Series Sponsor

Date: Tuesday 10 October
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets:
  • Adult $55
  • Concession/Friends $49
  • Students $20
  • Groups of 5+ $47
*Booking fees may vary from 0.30 cents.

Venue

Australian National Academy of Music
South Melbourne Town Hall
210 Bank Street VIC 3205

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Perth

Date: Wednesday 11 October
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets:
  • Adult $55
  • Concession/Friends $49
  • Students $20
  • Groups of 5+ $47
*Booking fees may vary from 0.30 cents.

Venue

Callaway Hall, University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009

SPONSORS

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