The Foyle-Štšurea Duo (Michael Foyle, violin and Maksim Štšura, piano) has been praised for playing of "compelling conviction" by the Daily Telegraph at the duo's Purcell Room debut in 2015. The same year, they won the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Duo Competition in London and the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Verona. Since starting their collaboration in 2012, they have performed extensively in prestigious venues across the United Kingdom including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Buckingham Palace, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Purcell Room and at the Philharmonia/Royal College of Music Lutoslawski Centenary Festival. In the 2015-16 season they perform at Amsterdam;s Concertgebouw, New York's Chamber Music Festival, the Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn, and Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Since 2014, they have been City Music Foundation and Live Music Now artists, and have received coaching from Stephen Kovacevich and Maxim Vengerov.
Michael Foyle won the Oskar Back Violin Competition of the Netherlands 2016, performing Szymanowksi's Violin Concerto No.1 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Born in Ayrshire in 1991, he made his concerto debut at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre aged eight, and went on to win the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2008 Tabor Award and the Royal Over-Seas League String Competition 2013. He also led the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2009, performing at the BBC Proms and as representative soloist in Houses of Parliament. In 2015, he made his debut at the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, playing Brahms's Concerto with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia. Upon graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2015, he was awarded the Regency Award for Excellence and the Roth Prize for the highest violin mark of the year. His studies with Maureen Smith and Daniel Rowland were complemented by masterclasses with Olivier Charlier, James Ehnes and Maxim Vengerov. He is currently completing his studies with Pavel Vernikov at the Vienna Konservatorium.
Maksim Štšura is an Estonian pianist, composer and music scholar based in London, winner of the 7th Estonian Piano Competition and the Intercollegiate Beethoven Piano Competition. He has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in prestigious concert halls in United Kingdom and abroad, including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and St James's Piccadilly. Maksim completed his postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music with Gordon Fergus-Thompson and was a Mills Williams Junior Fellow for 2013-14. In 2014 he began his Doctoral course at the Royal College of Music, supported by a Leverhulme Postgraduate Studentship, Estonian Capital of Culture and Mr Nigel Woolner. His research is focused on the piano transcriptions of the contemporary orchestral scores. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Saint Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, and has collaborated with conductors including Nikolai Alexeev and Aleksandr Titov. He is in great demand as a chamber musician, collaborating with violinists Michael Foyle and Soh-Yon Kim, the Florin Ensemble and Wiener Kammersymphonie.