An exhilarating performer with faultless technique and fearless command of the piano, Russian Australian pianist Konstantin Shamray enjoys performing on an international level with the world’s leading orchestras and concert presenters.
In 2008 Konstantin won First Prize at the Sydney International Piano Competition, the first and only competitor to date to win both First and People’s Choice Prizes. In 2011 he won First Prize at the Klavier Olympiade in Bad Kissingen, Germany, and he was awarded the festival’s coveted Luitpold Prize for “outstanding musical achievements”.
Konstantin has toured extensively throughout Australia and has 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 Radio Symphony Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of distinguished conductors including Vladimir Spivakov, Dmitry Liss, Tugan Sokhiev, Nicholas Milton and Alexandr Vedernikov.
Chamber music plays a strong role in Konstantin’s musical career and collaborations include tours with the Australian String Quartet, the Australian Piano Quartet, Richard Tognetti, Kristof Barati, Andreas Brantelid, Li Wei Qin and the Southern Cross Soloists. He also enjoys regular appearances at the Adelaide Festival, International Piano Series in Adelaide, the Melbourne Recital Centre and Ukaria Cultural Centre. He has enjoyed critical acclaim at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, the Bochum Festival in Germany, the Mariinsky International Piano Festival and the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg.
Konstantin is interested in music education, he holds a position of Lecturer at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide.