Maxim Kinasov (piano)

Maxim Kinasov made his concerto debut in Moscow at the age of 9 and his solo recital debut a year later. He is an award-winning solo and chamber musician and performs a wide range of repertoire from Bach to Brahms to Slonimsky.

Born in Moscow, Russia, Maxim started piano lessons in the age of five with Nina Dolenko at the Yakov Flier Music School in Moscow. In 2012, he graduated from the Academic Music College of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (often called Merzliakovka) in the class of Tatiana Direktorenko, gaining a diploma with honours. He then obtained his Bachelor of Music with Honours at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. His teachers there included Sergei Dorensky, Nikolai Lugansky, Pavel Nersessian and Andrei Pisarev, and are his greatest musical influences. He is currently studying with Ashley Wass on the Master of Music course at the Royal Northern College of Music with a full tuition scholarship.

In 2018, Maxim won the Royal Northern College of Music's most prestigious award, the Gold Medal. Most recently, he won Second Prize and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Prize at the 2019 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, was runner-up at the 2019 Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition, and won the 29th Cantu International Piano Competition in Italy - First Prize and Special Mention of the Jury.

Maxim has won top prizes at National and International competitions such as the 2nd Brescia Classica International Piano Competition in Brescia (Second Prize, 2018), the 66th G.B.Viotti International Piano Competition in Vercelli (Second Prize and Audience Prize, 2015), the 4th "American Protege" International Concerto Competition in New York (First Prize, 2015) the 24th Chopin International Piano Competition in Rome (Grand Prix and Special Prize "To the best pianist from Eastern Europe", 2014), the 9th K.N.Igumnov International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Lipetsk (Grand Prix, First Prize and Special Prize "For the best performance of a work by Tchaikovsky", 2013), the 2nd "Musical Diamond" International Competition for Classical Music Performers in Moscow (Grand Prix, 2012), the 4th All-Russian Piano Competition "Merzliakovka invites friends" in Moscow (First Prize, 2011), the 3rd Bluthner International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Kaliningrad (Second Prize, 2010) and as well as winning awards at the UK's 10th Sheepdrove and 26th BPSE (Beethoven Piano Society of Europe) Intercollegiate Piano Competitions (Second Prizes, Newbury and London, 2018). As a chamber musician, he is the winner of the 6th S.I.Taneyev International Chamber Ensembles Competition in Moscow (First Prize, Special T.A.Gaydamovich Award and Special Prize from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory "For the best performance of a work by Taneyev", 2017).

From 2014 to 2017 he had a scholarship for his exceptional progress from the Academic Council of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

In a great demand as a concert pianist, Maxim has been a soloist of the St Petersburg House of Music since 2012 and has performed in prestigious venues across Russia, Italy, UK, Brazil and the USA, including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Great Hall of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Sala Cecilia Meireles in Rio de Janeiro, Auditorium Conciliazione in Rome, Teatro Civico in Vercelli and Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. He has made concerto appearances with the St Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra (conductor Alexander Titov), the Orchestra of the Teatro Carlo Felice (conductor Andrea Sanguineti) and the Bristol Concert Orchestra (conductor Stefan Hofkes). He has been a fellow of music festivals such as the Rachmaninoff International Music Festival in Russia, the "Creative Youth of the Moscow Conservatory┬╗, the "Gathering Friends┬╗ International Music Festival at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the "Gradus ad Parnassum" Music Festival from the Yamaha Music Russia and the RNCM Piano Day.

His recordings have been broadcast by Italian TV channels TG2 RAY and TGVercelli and BBC Radio 3.

As a chamber musician, he has worked with Henk Guittart of the Schoenberg Quartet and Alexander Bondurianskyi of the Moscow Trio. Maxim has also worked with Dmitri Bashkirov, Murray Perrahia, Barry Douglas and Yoheved Kaplinsky in masterclasses and festivals.