Pianist Maksim Stsura won First Prizes at the 7th Estonian Piano Competition (2008), the Steinway-Klavierspiel-Wettbewerb in Germany (2004), the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Estonia (2000) and the Intercollegiate Beethoven Piano Competition (2013). He has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the Saint Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Maksim is in great demand, collaborating with Jakobstad Sinfonietta (Finland), Mediterranean Chamber Brass (Spain), Florin Ensemble (UK) and Wiener Kammersymphonie (Austria), among many others.
In 2014 he started his Doctoral course at the Royal College of Music, working towards his DMus. Maksim is a RCM Doctoral Bursary Holder supported by a Neville Wathen Award. His research titled 'Piano Transcription of a 21st-century Orchestral Score – Freedoms and Limitations' focuses on works by Mark-Anthony Turnage and James Dillon.
Since 2012 Maksim has been the pianist in the award-winning Foyle-Stsura Duo, having performed extensively in the UK and internationally in venues including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and the Wigmore Hall. He is a Live Music Now and a City Music Foundation artist and a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
‘Maksim Štšura impressed a large crowd at London's St Martin-in-the-Fields with formidable performances of two Romantic piano favourites…’ Malcolm Miller, November 2014
‘The young award-winning Estonian pianist completely captivated the audience with his vivacity and fine style… His phrasing was immaculate and his overall performance was packed with passion’ John Manning, Herts Advertiser, October 2014
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