Biography

 

Max Photo BlackWhitePianist 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, Burkhard Kehring, Udo Reinemann, Jeffrey Cohen and Kelvin Grout.

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 teacher of piano and accompaniment.

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