Konstantin Shamray was born into a musical family in 1985 in Novosibirsk, Russia and thus his passion for piano and classical music began early, at the age of six, when he embarked on formal studies at Kemerovo Music School with Natalia Knobloch. At eleven years of age, he relocated to Moscow to study at the Gnessin Special Music School, progressing to the Russian Gnessin Academy of Music with Professor Tatiana Zelikman, then post-graduate studies with Vladimir Tropp. In 2014, he completed post masters-equivalent advanced courses at Hochschule fuer Musik in Freiburg, Germany with Professor Tibor Szasz.
In August 2008, Konstantin Shamray was announced the Winner of Sydney International Piano Competition. Mr. Shamray is the first and only musician to date in the 30+ year history of the competition to win both First Prize and People’s Choice Prize, in addition to six other prizes. Immediately following his unprecedented success, he undertook a tour of 27 performances throughout Australia’s all states and territories. One year later, he partnered with the Australian String Quartet for their 13-concert National Subscription Tour of 2009. Following the competition, he recorded CDs for the labels Naxos, ABC Classics and Fonoforum.
Building on his triumphs, Mr. Shamray’s international performances include solo recitals and collaborations with orchestras and distinguished conductors in Russia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and China. 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 Sydney Symphony among others. Mr. Shamray’s performances with distinguished conductors include Vladimir Spivakov, Dmitry Liss, Tugan Sokhiev, Nicholas Milton and Alexandr Vedernikov. With an equal passion for chamber music, Konstantin has enjoyed collaborations with Johannes Moser, Kristof Barati, Boris Brovtsyn, Alban Gerhardt, Feng Ning and others.
In October 2011, Mr. Shamray won First Prize at the Klavier Olympiade in Bad Kissingen, Germany and has since been performing yearly at the Kissinger Sommer festival. In July 2013, following chamber recitals with Alban Gerhardt and Feng Ning, Konstantin Shamray was awarded the festival’s coveted Luitpold Prize for “outstanding musical achievements”. He has also enjoyed critical acclaim at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, the Bochum Festival in Germany, the White Nights Festival with the Maryinsky Theatre Orchestra in St. Petersburg and the Adelaide Festival.