Konstantin Shamray was born in 1985 in Novosibirsk to a family of musicians. Graduated from the Gnessin Moscow Special School of Music and the Russian Gnessin Academy of Music (class of Tatiana Zelikman) before completing a postgraduate course at the academy (class of Vladimir Tropp). Studied at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg (class of Tibor Szász).
In 2008 he won the 1st prize at the Sydney International Piano Competition, becoming the first and only competitor to date to win both the first and People’s Choice prizes, in addition to six other prizes. In 2011 he won the 1st prize at the Klavier Olympiade in Bad Kissingen, Germany and has performed at the Kissinger Sommer festival. In July 2013 he was awarded the festival’s Luitpold Prize for “outstanding musical achievements”.
He has enjoyed critical acclaim at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, the Bochum Festival in Germany, the Mariinsky International Piano Festival, the Stars of the White Nights Festival and the Adelaide Festival.
He has performed with the Russian National Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Orchestra, the chamber orchestra Moscow Virtuosi, Orchestre National de Lyon, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra among others under the baton of distinguished conductors including Vladimir Spivakov, Dmitry Liss, Tugan Sokhiev, Nicholas Milton and Alexander Vedernikov.
In 2019 he is taking part in the Musica Viva Festival in Sydney and the Coriole Festival in McLaren Vale, and joining the Australian String Quartet for Dunkeld and Margaret River chamber music festivals.
Konstantin Shamray has a keen interest in music education, and has held annual concerts for children throughout Russia. In 2019 he took a music lecturer position at the University of Adelaide. He has recorded CDs for the labels Naxos and ABC Classics.
Information for December 2019