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Anna Makasymova & Valeriy Maksymov

Sun 1 Sept 4:30pm


Born into a musical household,

pianist Anna Maksymova began her

formal musical education at the age

of six at the Donetsk Music School

for gifted children in Ukraine.

In New Zealand she learned from

Peter Nagy, Judith Clark and

Dr Gao Ping. Anna has completed her

Bachelor of Music with First-Class Honours with Professor Michael Endres at the University of Canterbury. She has recently come back from Germany, where she finished Master of Music in Piano Performance in the Frankfurt Hochschule fur Musik, studying with renowned Russian pianist and teacher Lev Natochenny, himself a disciple of Lev Oborin. Further musical influences include masterclasses with Pascal Roge, Thomas Hecht, John Perry and Felix Gottlieb among others.
Anna was a regular soloist in the “Outstanding Young Musicians in Concert” series in Christchurch
Music Centre. She is the winner of the Lewis Eady Charitable Trust Emerging Artist Series and is
the 3rd prize winner at Kerikeri International Piano Competition in New Zealand. Anna is the recipient of the George Russell Music Scholarship, Ruby Hay Scholarship, Pettman Special Programme Scholarship, Leslie Atkinson Memorial Prize in Music and the Dame Malvina Major Foundation scholarship.
Currently Anna is living and working in Christchurch as a performing pianist and a teacher. Since2016 she has been involved as a soloist with the CSO, Akaroa Summer School, Dame Malvina Major Foundation and Concert for Christchurch Foundation Trust. She also has been collaborating with the Très Cordes trio since 2017. Her chamber music partners include some well known local musicians like Mark Walton, Mark Menzies, Juliet Reynolds-Midgley, Jonathan Tanner, Tomas Hurnik, Anna Hoetjes, Oliver Sewell and Selena Orwin among other. Recent collaborations included star singers Anna Leese and Paul Whelan.
Anna is on the Christchurch Committee for the Dame Malvina Major Foundation since 2023 and is one of the tutors of Burnside High School Special Music Programme.

Valeriy Maksymov was born in the Ukraine, emigrating to New Zealand in 2000, and since his arrival he has been actively following his twin passions: establishing himself as a member of the viola section of the Christchurch Symphony and performing regularly as a singer and violinist. Valeriy holds Masters degrees in singing and in violin/viola performance, and is a qualified teacher of both.
He made his NZ operatic debut with Canterbury Opera in 2001 as Ping in Turandot. Most recently, he performed as Nikitich in Boris Godunov in 2003, as Marullo in Rigoletto in 2004 with the National Business Review NZ Opera, and for Canterbury Opera as Marchese di Calatrava in The Force of Destiny. Other roles for Canterbury Opera include Baron Douphol in La Traviata, as the Tutor in Count Ory. Also he was performed Mozart Requiem, (K626) with Jubilate singers, May 2006; Bach St. John’s Passion (Jesus)(April 2007),Opera Puccini “Gianni Schicchi” as Betto of Signa with Southern Opera (2009); Pergolesi “Maid into Mistress” (La Serva Padrona) and Chabrier “A Faulty Education” (Une education manquée) Platform Art Festival (2010).
Concert engagements included Concert Programmes in Auckland, Wellington and
Hamilton, including a solo recital in Auckland Town Hall in 2006 and International Art Festival in Wellington. In the recent years Valeriy has turned more to instrumental performance. In 2014 and
2018 he performed in the Musical Mentors Series playing the violin and the viola, as well
as singing. He regulary performed at The Nut Point Centre with his wife Iryna and
daughter Anna. As well, his students performed in the Selected Students program at The Nut Point Centre and at The Piano.

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