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Maxim Kinasov - Piano


Maxim Kinasov is an award-winning solo and chamber musician who performs a wide range of repertoire from Bach to contemporary composers. Born in Moscow, he began piano lessons at the age of five, making his recital debut at the age of ten.

Awarded a scholarship, he obtained his Bachelor of Music degree with Distinction from Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. His teachers there included Sergei Dorensky, Nikolai Lugansky, Pavel Nersessian and Andrei Pisarev, who are his greatest musical influences.

During his studies in Moscow, Maxim won several international piano competitions including Second Prize and Audience Prize at the prestigious 2015 Gian Battista Viotti International Piano Competition in Vercelli (Italy), Grand Prix and Special Cuomo Foundation Prize at the 2014 Chopin Roma International Piano Competition and Grand Prix, First Prize and Special Prize ‘For the best performance of a work by Tchaikovsky’ at the 2013 Konstantin Igumnov International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Lipetsk (Russia).

As part of the ‘Moscow Conservatory Piano Quintet’, Maxim won the prestigious 6th Sergei Taneyev International Chamber Ensembles Competition in Kaluga, Russia (First Prize, Special Tatiana Gaydamovich Award and Special Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory Prize ‘For the best performance of a work by Taneyev’, 2017).
Moreover, he had masterclasses with Henk Guittart from the Schoenberg Quartet and Alexander Bonduriansky from the Moscow Trio.

In 2017, Maxim moved to the UK to pursue his career as a concert pianist.

He completed his Master of Music in Performance degree with Distinction in 2019 at the Royal Northern College of Music in the class of Ashley Wass, supported by a Leverhulme Arts Scholarship. After that, he graduated Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction and the prestigious International Artist Diploma course there, earning the opportunity to make his debut recording of César Franck Symphonic Variations with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, which took place in November 2021 at the BBC MediaCityUK Studio in Salford.

He is currently continuing his professional development with Graham Scott and Dina Parakhina.

In 2018, Maxim won the RNCM’s most prestigious award, the Gold Medal and played in the Gold Medal Winners concert at Wigmore Hall in the Spring of 2019.

In 2019, Maxim won First Prize and Special Jury Mention at the 29th Cantù International Piano and Orchestra Competition in Italy, and Second Prize and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Prize at the prestigious 15th Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition in the UK.

A year later, he was named an Artist of the Month by the Talent Unlimited International Music Charity, and in May 2020 he received the Ian Fleming Award at the annual Help Musicians Postgraduate Awards.

In 2022, Maxim won First Prize at the 41st Birmingham International Piano Competition and First Prize at the 7th Windsor International Piano Competition in the UK, which resulted in him being signed to the record label KNS Classical to record his debut album.

He 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, Israel and US, including Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Auditorium Conciliazione in Rome and the Great Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire.

In 2019, after becoming an Artist of the Kirckman Concert Society in London, Maxim played his full-length solo debut recital at Wigmore Hall in October 2019.

The year after, Maxim was one of the artists invited to perform at the 2020 Hastings International Piano Digital Festival, alongside such notable musicians as Rufus Wainwright.

As a 2021 Imogen Cooper Music Trust Scholarship Holder, he participated in intensive master classes, interning with world-renowned pianist Dame Imogen Cooper for a week.

In October 2021, Maxim was invited to headline at launch concert for 2022 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition at The White Rock Theatre in Hastings, along with the European Union Chamber Orchestra.

He has collaborated with such orchestras as the St Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra (conductor Alexander Titov), Teatro Carlo Felice Symphony Orchestra (conductor Andrea Sanguinetti), Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra, Romania (conductor Ovidiu Balan), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (conductor Rory Macdonald), The Hallé Orchestra (conductor Stephen Bell), RNCM Symphony Orchestra (conductor Martyn Brabbins), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (conductor Michael Seal), and with the European Union Chamber Orchestra (conductor Darrah Morgan), among others.

At the invitation of Nikolai Lugansky, he took part in the 35th International Rachmaninov Music Festival in Tambov, Russia (2016).

Other festival appearances include the King’s Lynn International Music Festival, Hastings International Piano Digital Festival, South Downs Summer Music Festival in Alfriston, Chester Music Festival, Battle Festival, ‘Gradus ad Parnassum’ Festival dedicated to Sviatoslav Richter by Yamaha Music Russia, and Festival for the 90th Anniversary of Sergei Dorensky at the Moscow Conservatory (2021).

Maxim has broadcast on Italian TV channels TG2 RAI and TGVercelli, and on BBC Radio 3.

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updated February 2023