Maksim Štšura is an Estonian pianist, composer and music scholar based in London. He performs extensively as soloist and chamber musician in the prestigious concert halls across the United Kingdom, including St Martin-in-the-Fields, Purcell Room and the Wigmore Hall. He received his Master of Music degree from the Royal College of Music in 2013, studying under Gordon Fergus-Thompson and has also completed the prestigious Artist Diploma course with him in 2014. He previously graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music. In 2008-09, he participated in an Erasmus exchange at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. Maksim was a Mills Williams Junior Fellow for 2013-14. In 2014 Maksim has started his Doctoral course at the RCM. His research is focused on the piano transcriptions of the contemporary orchestral scores.
He has won prizes in several international competitions, including First Prizes at the 7th Estonian Piano Competition (2008), the Steinway-Klavierspiel-Wettbewerb in Germany (2004), the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Estonia (2000) and other awards including Third Prize at the International ‘Young Musician' Competition in Estonia (2002) and the Laureate Prize at the International Jevgeny Mravinski Competition in Russia (2001). Additionally, Maksim was awarded both a Yamaha (2008) and a Helmi Valtman (2010) scholarship. In 2013 Maksim won the First Prize at the Intercollegiate Beethoven Piano Competition.
Maksim has performed extensively in the UK, Germany, Austria, Holland, Finland, Estonia and Russia. Maksim is also in great demand as a chamber musician. His experience includes performing with ensembles Jakobstad Sinfonietta (Finland), Mediterranean Chamber Brass (Spain), Florin Ensemble (UK) and Wiener Kammersymphonie (Austria) as well as distinguished instrumentalists, most notably violinists Michael Foyle and Soh-Yon Kim.