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Maxim Kinasov (piano) plays Beethoven, Slonimsky, Brahms and Rachmaninov

Wednesday July 17, 2019 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Sonata for Piano No 30 in E Op 109 - Ludwig van Beethoven
  2. Intermezzo in memory of J Brahms - Sergey Mikhaylovich Slonimsky
  3. Book 1, from Variations on a theme by Paganini Op 35 - Johannes Brahms
  4. Excerpts, from Études-tableaux Op 33 - Sergey Rachmaninov

Maxim Kinasov made his concerto debut in Moscow at the age of nine and his solo recital debut a year later. He is an award-winning solo and chamber musician and performs a wide range of repertoire from Bach to Shostakovich. Born in Moscow, Maxim started piano lessons in the age of five with Nina Dolenko at the Yakov Flier Music School in Moscow. In 2012, he graduated from the Academic Music College of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (often called Merzliakovka) in the class of Tatiana Direktorenko, gaining a diploma with honours.

He obtained his Bachelor of Music with Distinction at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. His teachers there included Sergei Dorensky, Nikolai Lugansky, Pavel Nersessian and Andrei Pisarev, and are his greatest musical influences. From 2014 to 2017 he had a scholarship for his exceptional progress from the Academic Council of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

He is currently studying with Ashley Wass on the Master of Music course at the Royal Northern College of Music, supported by a Leverhulme Arts Scholarship.

In 2018, Maxim became the winner of the Royal Northern College of Music’s most prestigious award, the Gold Medal.

Most recently Maxim won First Prize and Special Mention of the Jury at the 29th Cantù International Piano Concerto Competition (2019, Italy), Second Prize and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Prize at the 15th Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition (2019, United Kingdom), Runner-up Prize at the 39th Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition (2019, United Kingdom) and became a Kirckman Concert Society Artist for 2019-20.

Maxim has also won top prizes at prestigious National and International competitions such as the 66th G.B.Viotti International Piano Competition in Vercelli (Second Prize and Audience Prize, 2015), 24th Chopin International Piano Competition in Rome (Grand Prix and Special Prize for the "Best pianist from Eastern Europe", 2014), 2nd Brescia Classica International Piano Competition in Brescia (Second Prize, 2018), 4th "American Protégé" International Concerto Competition in New York (First Prize, 2015), 9th K.N.Igumnov International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Lipetsk (Grand Prix, First Prize and Special Prize "For the best performance of a work by Tchaikovsky", 2013), 2nd "Musical Diamond" International Competition for Classical Music Performers in Moscow (Grand Prix, 2012), 4th All-Russian Piano Competition "Merzliakovka invites friends" in Moscow (First Prize, 2011) and 3rd Blüthner International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Kaliningrad (Second Prize, 2010) .

Maxim has also won awards in the UK’s 10th Sheepdrove (Second Prize, Newbury, 2018) and 26th Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Senior Intercollegiate Piano Competitions (Second Prize, London, 2018).

As a chamber musician, he is the winner of the 6th SI Taneyev International Chamber Ensembles Competition in Moscow (First Prize, Special T.A.Gaydamovich Award and Special Prize from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory "For the best performance of a work by Taneyev", 2017).

In great demand as a concert pianist, Maxim has been a soloist of the St. Petersburg House of Music since 2012 and has performed in prestigious venues across Russia, Italy, Spain, UK, Brazil and the U.S., including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, the Great Hall of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Sala Cecilia Meireles in Rio de Janeiro, Auditorium Conciliazione in Rome, Teatro Civico in Vercelli and Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa.

He has made concerto appearances with the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra (conductor Alexander Titov), the Orchestra of the Teatro Carlo Felice (conductor Andrea Sanguineti), the Bristol Concert Orchestra (conductor Stefan Hofkes) and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (conductor Rory Macdonald) and others.

Upon the invitation of Nikolai Lugansky he took part at the Rachmaninov International Music Festival in Russia, as well as in other music festivals, such as the "Creative Youth of the Moscow Conservatory», the "Gathering Friends" International Music Festival at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the "Gradus ad Parnassum" Music Festival from the Yamaha Music Russia and the RNCM Piano Day.

Maxim's recordings have been broadcasted by Italian TV channels TG2 RAI, TGVercelli and BBC Radio 3.

As a chamber musician, he has worked with Henk Guittart of the Schoenberg Quartet and Alexander Bondurianskyi of the Moscow Trio. Maxim has also worked with Dmitri Bashkirov, Murray Perahia, Barry Douglas and Yoheved Kaplinsky in masterclasses and festivals.

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
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