Chester Philharmonic Orchestra

Maksim Štšura Piano

Maksim Štšura is an Estonian pianist, composer and music scholar based in London. He performs extensively as soloist and chamber musician in the prestigious concert halls across the United Kingdom, including St Martin-in-the-Fields, Purcell Room and the Wigmore Hall.

He received his Master of Music degree from the Royal College of Music in 2013 having previously graduated in 2014 from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre where he studied with Ivari Ilja. Maksim has performed in masterclasses with musicians including Dmitry Bashkirov, Stephen Hough and John Lill. He has won prizes in several international competitions, including 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). Other awards include International Competitions in Estonia (2002), the Laureate Prize at the International Jevgeny Mravinski Competition in Russia (2001) and in 2013 the First Prize at the Intercollegiate Beethoven Piano Competition.

Maksim has performed extensively in the UK, Germany, Austria, Holland, Finland, Estonia and Russia and has appeared with orchestras throughout Europe and Russia and was Musician in Residence at the 2015 Deal Festival. He is also in great demand as a chamber musician and has performed with ensembles in Finland, Spain, the UK and Austria. Recent engagements include performances throughout London with appearances at St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Purcell Room, St Mary Magdalene Church, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall and St James’s Piccadilly. He has also performed at the Stratford-upon-Avon, Harrogate, Lichfield and King’s Lynn Festivals as well as the RCM Rising Stars series.

‘Maksim Stsura impressed a large crowd at London’s St Martin-in-the-Fields with formidable performances of two Romantic piano favourites…’

Malcolm Miller, November 2014