Described as an exhilarating performer with faultless technique and fearless command of the piano, Australian based pianist Konstantin Shamray enjoys performing on an international level with the world’s leading orchestras and concert presenters.
In 2008, Konstantin burst onto the concert scene when he won First Prize at the Sydney International Piano Competition. He is the first and only competitor to date in the 40 years of the competition to win both First and People’s Choice Prizes, in addition to six other prizes. He then went on to win First Prize at the 2011 Klavier Olympiade in Bad Kissingen, Germany, and, he was awarded the festival’s coveted Luitpold Prize for “outstanding musical achievements”.
Since then, Konstantin performs extensively throughout the world. In Australia recent and future season highlights include engagements with the Queensland Symphony, West Australian Symphony and twice with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra who he enjoys a special relationship with. In May Konstantin undertook a prestigious nationwide tour for Musica Viva with players of ANAM directed by Sophie Rowell. Outside of Australia 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 Calgary Philharmonic.
Chamber music plays a strong role in Konstantin’s musical career and collaborations include tours with the Australian String Quartet, the Australian Piano Quartet, Kristof Barati, Andreas Brantelid and Li Wei Qin. Konstantin enjoyed his debut collaboration with the Southern Cross Soloists recently, and, he also enjoys regular appearances at the Adelaide Festival, International Piano Series in Adelaide, the Melbourne Recital Centre and Ukaria Cultural Centre. Further afield, Konstantin 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 Lecturer in Piano at the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide.