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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.
Since then, Konstantin has performed extensively throughout the world. Recent and future Australian highlights include engagements with the Sydney Symphony, Queensland Symphony and West Australian Symphony Orchestras. Konstantin enjoys a special relationship with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra who he collaborates with each season. Konstantin also enjoys regular appearances with the Southern Cross Soloists who he looks forward to performing with three times this season. In two consecutive seasons, Konstantin undertook prestigious nationwide tours with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and most recently with Musica Viva with Avi Avital which ventured to the country’s leading concert halls to sold out audiences.
As a chamber musician, Konstantin has collaborated with the Australian String Quartet, the Australian Piano Quartet, Kristof Barati, Andreas Brantelid, Richard Tognetti and Li Wei Qin and regularly appears at the Adelaide Festival, the International Piano Series in Adelaide, the Melbourne Recital Centre, and Ukaria Cultural Centre.
Konstantin was recently appointed Senior Lecturer in Piano at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne.