Maxim Kinasov is an award-winning solo and chamber musician who performs a wide range of repertoire from Bach to contemporary composers. Born in Moscow, he began piano lessons at the age of five, making his recital debut at the age of ten.
Awarded a scholarship, he obtained his Bachelor of Music degree with Distinction from Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. His teachers there included Sergei Dorensky, Nikolai Lugansky, Pavel Nersessian and Andrei Pisarev, who are his greatest musical influences.
During his studies in Moscow, he won several music competitions including Second Prize and Audience Prize at the prestigious 2015 International Gian Battista Viotti Piano Competition in Vercelli, Italy, Grand Prix and Special Cuomo Foundation Prize at the 2014 International Chopin Roma Piano Competition and Grand Prix, First Prize and Special Prize ‘For the best performance of a work by Tchaikovsky’ at the 2013 International Konstantin Igumnov Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Lipetsk, Russia.
As part of the “Moscow Conservatory Piano Quintet” Maxim won the prestigious 2017 International Sergei Taneyev Chamber Ensembles Competition in Kaluga, Russia (First Prize, Special Tatiana Gaydamovich Award and Special Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory Prize ‘For the best performance of a work by Taneyev’).
Moreover, he had masterclasses with Henk Guittart from the Schoenberg Quartet and Alexander Bonduriansky from the Moscow Trio.
In 2017, Maxim moved to the UK to pursue his career as a concert pianist.
He completed his Master of Music in Performance degree with Distinction in 2019 at the Royal Northern College of Music in the class of Ashley Wass, supported by a Leverhulme Arts Scholarship. After that he graduated the prestigious International Artist Diploma course there, supported by the FM Wright Piano Award.
Last year he studied with the internationally renowned pianist Kathryn Stott on the Postgraduate Diploma course at the RNCM, supported by the Anderson Powell Prize, and the Helen Rachel Mackaness Charitable Trust.
Maxim is currently continuing his professional development with Graham Scott and Dina Parakhina.
In 2018, Maxim won the RNCM’s most prestigious award, the Gold Medal and played in the Gold Medal Winners concert at Wigmore Hall in the Spring of 2019.
He most recently won First Prize and Special Jury Mention at the 2019 Cantù International Piano and Orchestra Competition in Italy, Second Prize at the 2021 Delia Steinberg International Piano Competition in Madrid, Spain, Runner-up Prize at the Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition (United Kingdom, 2019), and Second Prize and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Prize at the prestigious 2019 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition.
Also, he was selected as a Kirckman Concert Society Artist for 2019-20 and played his full-length solo debut at Wigmore Hall in October 2019.
In April 2020, Maxim has been named as an Artist of the Month of the Talent Unlimited Music Charity and in May won an Ian Fleming Award at the Help Musicians Postgraduate Awards.
The year after, he had a masterclass week of intense one-to-one tuition with Dame Imogen Cooper as a 2021 Imogen Cooper Music Trust Scholarship Holder and became a winner of the Robert Turnbull Piano Foundation award.
In October 2021, Maxim was invited to headline at launch concert for 2022 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition at The White Rock Theatre in Hastings, along with the European Union Chamber Orchestra.
Maxim has been a soloist of the St Petersburg House of Music since 2012 and has performed in prestigious venues across Russia, Italy, Spain, UK, Brazil, Israel and US, including Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall and the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire. He has performed internationally with orchestras including the St Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Teatro Carlo Felice, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Hallé and with the European Union Chamber Orchestra, among others.
Most recently, he has made his debut recording of Franck’s Symphonic Variations with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
At the invitation of Nikolai Lugansky he took part in the 35th International Rachmaninov Music Festival in Tambov, Russia (2016). Other festival appearances include the King’s Lynn Festival, Hastings International Piano Digital Festival, South Downs Summer Music Festival in Alfriston, Chester Music Festival, Battle Festival and ‘We Gather Friends’ International Music Festival at the Moscow Conservatory.
Maxim has broadcast on Italian TV channels TG2 RAI and TGVercelli, and on BBC Radio 3.