Biography

Pianist Maxim Shamo went on his first tournée at the age of 12, performing in Ukraine and Sweden. Since then, he has appeared on stages throughout Europe, performing both solo recitals and as a soloist with various orchestras.

Maxim Shamo was born in the North Caucasus, in a family with a longstanding professional musical tradition. Mr. Shamo started studying piano at a very early age, at the Special Music College of the National Academy of Music in Kiev, Ukraine. This first step of education already linked the young student with the professional performing world.

Following his musical path, Maxim Shamo studied around the world, with Prof. Ludger Maxsein at the Folkwang University of the Arts (Essen, Germany), Prof. Staffan Scheja (Stockholm, Sweden), and Prof. Willem Brons (Amsterdam, the Netherlands). Further important musical impulses were received from Natalia Gutman, Irwin Gage, Robert Levin, Malcolm Martineau, Olaf Bär, Udo Reinemann and Jeffrey Cohen.

A turning event for Shamo was encounter with maestro Helmut Deutsch at the Mozarteum Summer Academy. Since then Maxim Shamo follows the artistic guidance on the Lied Repertoire by Helmut Deutsch, who became his Mentor.

Maxim Shamo won the 1st Prize at the 2006 Köhler-Osbahr Piano competition, and, during his years as a student at the Folkwang University of the Arts, earned academic scholarships from Germany’s Yehudi-Menuhin-Foundation and the Netherlands-Germany Rotary Club.

Mr. Shamo completed the Piano Master Studies and the Piano Postgraduate Course summa cum laude, and was invited to join the teaching staff of the Folkwang University of the Arts as a docent of Piano and Lied Accompaniment.

In addition to his solo concert activities, Maxim Shamo is a dedicated Art Song interpreter, with a particular focus on German Lied. He performs throughout Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, UK, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and Ukraine.