2008 Sydney International Piano Competition winner to make Naxos Recording
August 12, 2008
Twenty-three year old Russian pianist Konstantin Shamray has won first prize and a number of other awards at the 9th Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia, held between 16 July and 2 August 2008.
In addition to the 1st Prize of $25,000 donated by Council of the City of Sydney, he won the Naxos Prize to make a CD recording in 2009.
Mr Shamray also took out the $5,000 Prize for the best performance of a Mozart Concerto anonymously donated in memory of Andrew Wolf, the $5,000 Prize for the best performance of a 19th or 20th century Concerto donated by Mr Peter Weiss AM, the $5,000 Prize for the best performance of a work by Beethoven donated by Kawai Australia , the $3,000 Prize for the best performance of a work by Mozart (excluding Concertos) donated by Mr and Mrs J Bain.
In the wake of the Competition, Mr Shamray tours Australia during August and September 2008, performing in 27 concerts.
He was also awarded $10,000 to perform with The Australian String Quartet as guest artist for its National Subscription Season tour in May 2009, consisting of 12 concerts beginning in Adelaide with the opening concert taking place on the 5 May, 2009, in Adelaide Town Hall.
Konstantin Shamray was born in Novosibirsk and began studies in the Kemerovo Music School. From 1996 he continued his studies in Moscow at the Gnessin Special Music School and in 2003 at the Russian Gnessin Academy of Music with Tatiana Zelikman. He has been the recipient of several Foundation awards. He has performed in many concert halls in Moscow and other cities in Russia and also in Italy, Germany, Holland, Austria, Czech Republic and USA. His solo recitals have many different programs and he has performed with international orchestras including the Prague and Moscow Philharmonic Orchestras. He has recorded CDs in Holland and the Czech Republic.
Photo courtesy of David Anderson