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, studying under Gordon Fergus-Thompson and has also completed the prestigious Artist Diploma course with him in 2014. He previously graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre where he studied with Ivari Ilja. In 2008-09, he participated in an Erasmus exchange at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, where he worked with Volker Banfield. His Masters studies were generously supported by a Somers-Mountfort scholarship, the AHRC Study Award, the Estonian Capital of Culture Study Award and the Kristjan Jaak Scholarship. Maksim was a Mills Williams Junior Fellow for 2013-14. In 2014 Maksim has started his Doctoral course at the RCM where he is a Doctoral Bursary Holder supported by a Neville Wathen Award, Estonian Capital of Culture and Mr Nigel Woolner MBE. His research is focused on the piano transcriptions of the contemporary orchestral scores.
Maksim has performed in masterclasses with musicians including Dmitry Bashkirov, Stephen Hough, John Lill, Barry Douglas, Nina Seryogina, Veera Gornostayeva, Daniel Pollack, Tamas Ungar and Eliso Virsaladze.
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) and other awards including Third Prize at the International ‘Young Musician’ Competition in Estonia (2002) and the Laureate Prize at the International Jevgeny Mravinski Competition in Russia (2001). Additionally, Maksim was awarded both a Yamaha (2008) and a Helmi Valtman (2010) scholarship. In 2013 Maksim the First Prize at the Intercollegiate Beethoven Piano Competition.
Maksim has performed extensively in the UK, Germany, Austria, Holland, Finland, Estonia and Russia. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Saint Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the National Opera Estonia Symphony Orchestra, The Symphony Orchestra of Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, and Narva Town Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with conductors including Nikolai Alexeev, Paul Magi, Aleksandr Titov, Jüri Alperten, Anatoli Stsura, Mihhail Gerts and Simon Thompson. Maksim was Musician in Residence at the 2015 Deal Festival.
Maksim is also in great demand as a chamber musician. His experience includes performing with ensembles Jakobstad Sinfonietta (Finland), Mediterranean Chamber Brass (Spain), Florin Ensemble (UK) and Wiener Kammersymphonie (Austria) as well as distinguished instrumentalists, most notably violinists Michael Foyle and Soh-Yon Kim. His recent engagements include performances at the Purcell Room, Charlton House, The Royal Academy of Arts, St Mary Magdalene Church, Chappells of Bond Street, Bishopsgate Hall, Elgar Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall and St James’s Piccadilly Church. He has performed at the Stratford-on-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…’
‘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