Bells Across Europe



Konstantin Shamray is a Russian pianist and teacher who first came to Australia in 2008 to take part in the Sydney International Piano Competition.

He is the first and only competitor to date in the 40 years of the competition to win both First and People’s Choice Prizes, in addition to six other prizes. Konstantin performs extensively as a soloist and as a member of chamber ensembles.

Throughout the centuries, bells have played a significant role in the lives of those residing among them. In Europe, bells are strongly associated with Christianity and are used as a call to worship, a call to prayer, to drive out evil spirits and as ceremonial rites amongst the different branches of the religion.

This recital explores the traditions of bell ringing and the creation of bell sounds on the modern piano. The ancient sounds of bells are brought to life through music. The program takes you on a fascinating journey across Europe, showcasing repertoire containing the French bell sounds of Debussy, the German/Austro-Hungarian traditions of Liszt and Enescu, and Russian, dark and mysterious sounds created by Borodin and Scriabin.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Alexander Borodin
Petite Suite

Modest Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition

George Enescu
Suite No.3 for Piano, Op.18

Alexander Scriabin
Piano Sonata No.7, Op.64

Franz Liszt
Années de pèlerinage: Deuxieme Année (Italie)
Annees de pelerinage – Troisieme annee

Claude Debussy
Images Book I
Images Book II


Konstantin Shamray piano


This production is part of the following series:

Piano Series

The 2020 Piano Series features leading exponents of the piano, performing great masterpieces of the piano repertoire across the year.