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Critically acclaimed pianist Konstantin Shamray closes curtain on 40th Anniversay of Sydney International Piano Competition

BY Karina Lozada | 07-Sep-2017
Internationally renowned pianist, Konstantin Shamray will conclude the Sydney International Piano Competition’s 40th Anniversary celebration year with recitals in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth this October, with a stunning repertoire of Mozart, Chopin and Tchaikovsky.
Internationally renowned pianist, Konstantin Shamray will conclude the Sydney International Piano Competition’s 40th Anniversary celebration year with recitals in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth this October, with a stunning repertoire of Mozart, Chopin and Tchaikovsky.

Since his unprecedented first prize win and the People’s Choice award in the 2008 Competition, Shamray has continued to mesmerize audiences, performing under distinguished conductors with the Russian National Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Orchestre National de Lyon, Prague Philharmonia, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony.

Thrilled to be working with the Sydney International Piano Competition once again, Shamray commented, “Winning the Sydney International Piano Competition in 2008 changed my life. Suddenly I felt that the world had opened and I was free to follow my own chosen path. The destiny of an artist is in constant development of one’s mastery and sincere service to the music, and having won a major competition, like Sydney, one certainly has more opportunities to achieve this.”

Starting his formal studies at the age of six, Russia’s Shamray holds an extensive list of classical achievements including winning first prize at the 2011 Klavier Olympiade in Bad Kissingen, Germany and now performing yearly at the Kissinger Sommer festival. He was also the first and only winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition to also win the People’s Choice, in addition to six other prizes.

The Competition’s 40th Anniversary has seen some of their most celebrated competitors return to Australia. Currently on tour is the Competition’s 2016 winner, Andrey Gugnin, who has so far, captivated audiences with his intuitive playing and passion.

Konstantin Shamray National Recital Dates

Where: Brisbane
Date: Saturday 7 October
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Performance Studio, 384 Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo, QLD 4151
Tickets: Adults $48 I Concession/Friends $42 I Students $20 I Groups of 5+ $40

Where: Sydney
Date: Sunday 8 October
Time: 3:00pm
Venue: Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, 1 Conservatorium Rd, Sydney NSW 2000
Tickets: Adults $55 I Concession/Friends $49 I Students $20 I Groups of 5+ $47

Where: Melbourne
Date: Tuesday 10 October
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Australian National Academy of Music, South Melbourne Town Hall
Tickets: Adults $55 I Concession/Friends $49 I Students $20 I Groups of 5+ $47

Where: Perth
Date: Wednesday 11 October
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Callaway Hall, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009
Tickets: Adults $55 I Concession/Friends $49 I Students $20 I Groups of 5+ $47

For more information on the National Recital Tour and to purchase tickets, visit www.sydneypianocompetition.com.au.

For further information contact: Avviso PR | +61 (0) 2 9368 7277 | Karina Lozada I +61 (0) 423 604 452 I karinal@avviso.com.au ***Hi-res images available About the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia The Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia has, from its inception, held events at the highest international level inspiring pianists and audiences alike and stimulating interest in piano and music in general. It has provided a showcase platform for outstanding pianists from all over the world and assisted with the development of their careers as concert artists. Founded by the late Miss Claire Dan AM, OBE and Rex Hobcroft AM, it was inaugurated in July 1977 and has since been held every four years, except in 1988 when it was brought forward to coincide with the Bicentenary of Australia celebrations. The Competition was admitted as a member of the Geneva based World Federation of International Music Competitions in 1978, the first Australian competition to be accepted as a member.