The Foyle-Stsura Duo, critically acclaimed for their interpretations of works from the 17th Century to the present day, won the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition and Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Duo Competition in 2015. They perform in the UK's most prestigious concert venues, including Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Buckingham Palace and St. Martin-in-the-Fields, as City Music Foundation, Park Lane Group, Kirckman Concert Society and Live Music Now artists.
Michael Foyle won The Netherlands Violin Competition 2016. His acclaimed performance of Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No.1 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra led to an immediate invitation to give his debut recital at The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. During 2017-18, he performs the concerti of Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Elgar, Korngold, Lalo, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. In addition to his solo and chamber performances, Michael is engaged this season as Guest-Concertmaster of BBC Symphony Orchestra and Halle Orchestra. Born in Ayrshire in 1991, Michael gave his concerto debut in Edinburgh Festival Theatre aged eight. He went on to win the BBC Young Musician of the Year Tabor Award 2008 and the Royal Overseas League String Competition 2013, subsequently performing as a City Music Foundation, Park Lane Group, Kirckman Concert Society and Making Music Young Concert artist. His acclaimed duo with pianist Maksim Stsura won the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Competition and the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in 2015. Upon graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2015, where he is now Violin Professor, Michael was awarded the Regency Award for Excellence and the Roth Prize for the highest violin mark of the year. He completed his studies with a Certificate of Performance degree with Pavel Vernikov at the Vienna Konservatorium.
Maksim Štšura is an Estonian pianist, composer and music scholar based in London. He received his Master of Music degree from the Royal College of Music in 2013, and has also completed the prestigious Artist Diploma course with him in 2014. He previously graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Maksim was a Mills Williams Junior Fellow for 2013-14. 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). In 2013 Maksim the First Prize at the Intercollegiate Beethoven Piano Competition.Maksim has performed extensively in the UK, Germany, Austria, Holland, Finland, Estonia and Russia.He 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.