Ed & Gillian Frazer and James Pearson (Bequest)
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, highlights include engagements with the Sydney, Melbourne, West Australian Symphony Orchestras, and twice with the Adelaide Symphony who he enjoys a special relationship with. 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 also looks forward to returning to the Adelaide Festival, International Piano Series in Adelaide, Melbourne Recital Centre, and Ukaria Cultural Centre. Internationally, Konstantin has enjoyed critical acclaim at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Bochum Festival in Germany, 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.