Maksim Štšura received his Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from the RCM under Gordon Fergus-Thompson. He was a Mills Williams Junior Fellow for 2013-14 and in 2014 commenced a Doctoral course at the RCM focused on piano transcriptions of contemporary orchestral scores. He performs extensively as soloist and chamber musician in concert halls across the UK and has won prizes in several international competitions, including First Prize at the 7th Piano Competition in his native Estonia (2008), the Steinway-Klavierspiel-Wettbewerb in Germany (2004) and the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Estonia (2000). His Foyle-Štšura Duo won the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Duo Competition and the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in 2015, and has performed internationally at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, New York Chamber Music Festival, Cervantino Festival in Mexico and Evgeny Mravinsky Festival in Tallinn and St Petersburg. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Amadeus Chamber, Estonian National Symphony, St Petersburg State Academic Symphony, Wiener Kammersymphonie and the Chester Philharmonic.
*See the panel for details of his concert in the 2019 LDSM festival.