Violin and Piano
Michael Foyle and Maksim Stsura started their collaboration in 2012 and have since performed extensively in prestigious venues across the United Kingdom including Queen Elizabeth Hall, Buckingham Palace, Wigmore Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St James’ Piccadilly, and at the Philharmonia/Royal College of Music Lutosla.Read More
They have also given recitals in Essen, Germany and for the Evgeny Mravinsky International Festival, including the Estonia Concert Hall in Tallinn. Since 2014, they are City Music Foundation and Live Music Now artists. Their debut in the Purcell Room for the Park Lane Group New Year Series 2015 was met with critical acclaim, including a four-star review in the Times. Their performance of Krzystof Penderecki’s Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano was described as playing of ‘compelling conviction’ by The Daily Telegraph and received praise from the composer himself. The duo has received coaching from internationally renowned artists including Stephen Kovacevich and Maxim Vengerov. Their 2015-16 season includes a Wigmore Hall recital through the Kirckman Concert Society. In 2015 Foyle-Stsura duo won the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Duo Competition in London and the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Verona, Italy.
Michael was born in Ayrshire in 1991 and first appeared as soloist with orchestra in Edinburgh Festival Theatre aged eight. He went on to win the BBC Young Musician of the Year Tabor Award 2008 and was the 2009 Leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, performing at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall and as their representative soloist in Houses of Parliament. In 2013 Michael won the Royal Overseas League String Competition, Croydon Concerto Competition and Eastbourne Young Soloist Competition. In 2014-15 Michael performs the concerti of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Lalo, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky across the UK, as well as appearing as soloist with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and the International House of Music, Moscow. Other solo appearances this season include in Austria, France, Germany, The Netherlands and Spain. As Leverhulme Trust Postgraduate Scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, Michael was awarded the Regency and Faulkener Awards and, upon graduating in July 2015, the Roth Prize for the highest violin mark of the year. During his Masters he won the Philharmonia/MMSF Hurwitz and Meyer Awards, Help Musicians UK Parikian Award, Countess of Munster Trust Award, St. James Caird Scholarship Wiseman Prize and Helen Worswick Scholarship. Alongside his studies with Maureen Smith and Daniel Rowland, he completed an Erasmus exchange at the University of the Arts in Vienna and currently receives masterclasses from artists such as Olivier Charlier, Maxim Vengerov and Pavel Vernikov.
Maksim was born in Estonia and began the piano at the age of six. He received his Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees at the Royal College of Music where he studied with Gordon Fergus-Thompson. He received his Bachelor of Arts at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre where he studied with Ivari Ilja. In 2008-09, he undertook an Erasmus exchange at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, where he worked with Volker Banfield. Maksim was a Mills Williams Junior Fellow for the academic year 2013-14. In 2014 Maksim has started his Doctoral course at the RCM, 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. Maksim has performed in masterclasses with musicians including Dmitry Bashkirov, Stephen Hough, John Lill, Barry Douglas, Nina Seryogina, Veera Gornostayeva, Daniel Pollack, Tamas Ungar and Eliso Virsaladze. 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) and the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Estonia (2000). In 2013 Maksim won the First Prize at the Intercollegiate Senior Beethoven Piano Competition.