Maksim Štšura studied at the Royal College of Music, London, for a Master of Music degree with Gordon Fergus-Thompson and is continuing with him now on the Artist Diploma course. He received his Bachelor of Arts at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre where he studied with Ivari Ilja. Maksim is a Mills Williams Junior Fellow at RCM for the academic year 2013-14.
Maksim has won prizes in several international competitions, including First Prize at the Estonian Piano Competition (2008), the Steinway-Klavierspiel-Wettbewerb in Germany (2004), and the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Estonia (2000). He was a finalist in the Chappells 2012 Medal Competition at the RCM. In 2013 Maksim won the Second Kendall Taylor Prize at the RCM Beethoven Piano Competition and the First Prize at the Intercollegiate Beethoven Piano Competition.
Maksim has performed extensively in the UK, Germany, Austria, Holland, Finland, Estonia and Russia. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the National Opera Estonia Symphony Orchestra, and the Symphony Orchestra of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.