About The Artists

 Shamray Biography 

Konstantin Shamray, Piano

Now based in Australia and a member of the Australia Piano Quartet, Konstantin studied in Moscow at the Russian Gnessin Academy of Music with Professors Tatiana Zelikman and Vladimir Tropp, and the Hochschule fur Musik in Freiburg, Germany with Professor Tibor Szasz. 

In 2008, Konstantin won First Prize at the Sydney International Piano Competition. He is the first and only competitor to date in the 40 years of the competition to win both First and People’s Choice Prizes, in addition to six other prizes.

Immediately following his unprecedented success, he undertook a tour of 27 performances throughout all Australian states and territories. He partnered with the Australian String Quartet for their 13-concert National Subscription Tour of 2009 and recorded CDs for the labels Naxos, ABC Classics and Fonoforum.

He has performed with the Russian National Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Orchestre National de Lyon, Prague Philharmonia, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony among others under the baton of distinguished conductors including Vladimir Spivakov, Dmitry Liss, Tugan Sokhiev, Nicholas Milton and Alexandr Vedernikov.

Konstantin won First Prize at the 2011 Klavier Olympiade in Bad Kissingen, Germany and has performed at the Kissinger Sommer festival. In July 2013, following chamber recitals with Alban Gerhardt and Feng Ning, he was awarded the festival’s coveted 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 White Nights Festival with the Mariiinsky Theatre Orchestra in St. Petersburg and the Adelaide Festival.

Konstantin is currently completing a PhD and lectures piano at the Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide.

Rann Biography

 

Thomas Rann, Cello 

Thomas Rann is Founding Artistic Director and Cellist of Australia Piano Quartet (APQ).

Since winning the prestigious Muriel Taylor Scholarship for Cellists in London (2004) he has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Melbourne, Adelaide and Queensland Symphony Orchestras and Camerata Menuhin. As soloist and chamber musician, Thomas has appeared at venues including Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Zurich, Victoria Hall, Westminster Abbey, St. James’ Palace, Sydney Opera House and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. His festival appearances include the Verbier Festival Academy, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Sydney Festival, and the Kronberg International Cello Festival.

Now based in Sydney, Thomas has been Visiting Fellow at University of Technology Sydney since 2012. Alongside his work with APQ, he has collaborated with artists including photographer William Yang, composer Elena Kats-Chernin, members of The Song Company and Ensemble Offspring, and artist Ken Unsworth, culminating in recent performances presented at the Sydney Festival and the Art Gallery of NSW. Thomas is also a guest musician with Sydney Chamber Opera and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

Thomas has studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, International Menuhin Music Academy, the Australian National Academy of Music and Sydney Conservatorium with teachers including Raphael Wallfisch, Niall Brown, and Uzi Wiesel. He is grateful for the generous support of the Hattori Foundation, E.V.Llewellyn Memorial Fund, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Australia Council for the Arts, Tait Memorial Trust, and the Henderson Bequest.

Thomas plays on a modern French cello made in Montpellier, France in
 2010 by master luthier, Frederic Chaudiere.