Sydney International Piano Competition: Konstantin Shamray in Recital

Sunday 8 October 2017

Verbrugghen Hall

Level 3, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

This concert is part of the 40th Anniversary year celebrations of the Sydney International Piano Competition. The winner of the 2008 People’s Choice and First Prizes will round off the new national recital series in October 2017.


$55 adult | $49 concession | $20 students | $47 groups of 5 or more

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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.Ming has performed at the Auditori Enric Granados and Petite Palau at Palau de la Música Catalana in Spain, Steinway Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at the Lincoln Center, New York, Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall in Cleveland and Beijing Concert Hall and Jiaozi Grand Theatre in China.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Adagio in B minor K.540

Frédéric Chopin: Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor Op.58

I. Allegro maestoso
II. Scherzo – Molto vivace
III. Largo
IV. Finale – Presto non tanto; Agitato

*** Interval ***

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: The Seasons Op.37a

I. January: By the Hearth
II. February: The Carnival
III. March: Song of the Lark
IV. April: Snowdrop
V. May: White Nights
VI. June: Barcarolle
VII. July: Reaper’s Song
VIII. August: The Harvest
IX. September: The Hunt
X. October: Autumn Song
XI. November: On the Troika
XII. December: Christmas