Russian pianist set to thrill Adelaide audiences

Russian pianist Konstantin Shamray.
Photo courtesy of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia.

Russian pianist Konstantin Shamray.
Photo courtesy of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia.

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Wednesday, 18 March 2009

One of the world's rising stars of the piano, Konstantin Shamray, returns to Elder Hall in April to perform his only Adelaide piano recital.

Winner of the 2008 Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia, Shamray has become the first contestant ever to win both the 'People's Choice' award as well as the overall competition.

"Shamray's competition performances enthralled both judges and audiences alike. Since then, reviewers around Australia have used words and phrases like 'transcendent', 'once-in-a-lifetime-musician' and 'magical', and audiences have responded with standing ovations," said Elder Hall Manager Claire Oremland.

"This is a truly wonderful opportunity for Adelaide audiences to experience an international rising star of the piano."

Shamray began piano studies in the Russian city of Novosibirsk, where he was born, and moved to Moscow to further his studies at the Gnessin Academy of Music.

Now aged only 23, and considered a musician with a great future, he has already performed throughout Europe and the United States.

Performing works by Beethoven, Schumann, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov, this will be Shamray's second performance in the University of Adelaide's historic Elder Hall in as many years.

The concert is presented by arrangement with the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia.

Shamray's recital will also help to raise awareness of the Elder Conservatorium of Music's bid to raise funds for a new Steinway concert grand piano for Elder Hall. Proceeds from the concert will go towards the piano.

WHAT: Konstantin Shamray in recital
WHERE: Elder Hall, North Terrace Campus, University of Adelaide
WHEN: 7.30pm Thursday 30 April
COST: Tickets are $25 (adult); $20 (concession) and $15 (student)

Phone +61 8 8303 5925 for bookings or more information.

 

Contact Details

Ms Claire Oremland
Email: claire.oremland@adelaide.edu.au
Website: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/elderhall/
Elder Hall Concert Manager
Elder Conservatorium of Music
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 5925
Mobile: 0410 062 677


Mr David Ellis
Email: david.ellis@adelaide.edu.au
Website: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/news/
Deputy Director, Media and Corporate Relations
External Relations
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 5414
Mobile: +61 (0)421 612 762