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Violist & Conductor


He is principally known for his performances as a violist, guest of the crème of international music scene such as BBC Last Night of the Proms, Edinburgh Festival, Salzburg Festival.  He now combines his viola performance with a career as a conductor.


Recent conducting engagements include the Basel Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Kiev Soloists, Valladolid Symphony Orchestra, Georgian National Symphony Orchestra, Dala Sinfonietta, Chamber Orchestra CHAARTS as well as conducting at Festivals in Dubrovnik (with Roger Moore narrator), Utrecht (with Janine Jansen) and Boswil (with Vilde Frang).  Forthcoming conducting engagements include the Riga Sinfonietta, Detmold Chamber Orchestra, Oslo Camerata, and the finale of the Beijing Viola Festival.


Among his recent concerto highlights are the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (Philippe Herreweghe), NDR Philharmonic Orchestra (Eivind Gullberg Jensen), Gurzenich Orchestra (Sir Mark Elder), Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Michael Schoenwandt), Ulster Orchestra (Paul Watkins), Orquesta de Castilla y Leon (Vasily Petrenko), Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra (Juraj Valcuha), Shanghai Symphony (Long Yu), RTE Symphony Orchestra (Olari Elts), Orquesta Sinfonica de Euskadi (Diego Matheuz), European Union Youth Orchestra (Matthias Bamert), BBC Symphony Orchestra (Jiří Bělohlávek), Malaysian Philharmonic (Yan Pascal Tortelier), Seattle Symphony (Andrey Boreyko), Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg (Michał Dworzyński).


During the current season Maxim makes a return appearance as a soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and returned as permanent artist-in-residence of the Great Mountain Festival in Korea, where he performed the Mozart Sinfonie Concertante with Kyung Wha Chung.  He continues as artist-in-residence at prestigious Miguel Delibes concert hall in Valladolid Spain (Schnittke Concerto with Lopez Cobos).   Debuts this season include a German tour with the DSO Berlin and Tugan Sokhiev, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra Perth.


Maxim is a keen chamber musician. His chamber partners include  Leif Ove Andsnes, Nicola Benedetti, Michael Collins, Alice Coote, Augustin Dumay, Martin Frost, Sol Gabetta, Janine Jansen, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Viktoria Mullova, Eldar Nebolsin, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Kristina Blaumane, Jakov Katsnelson, Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Denis Matsuev and Ashley Wass, Joyce Yang.


Maxim has long been recognised by the international music scene and his list of prizes affirm that status.  These include the Classic FM Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award and the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Award, as well as the Geneva, Lionel Tertis and Valentino Bucchi competitions.


His enthusiasm for new music has generated collaborations, which have extended the viola repertoire.  This includes world premieres by Dobrinka Tabakova, Richard Dubugnon and Valentin Bibik. In January 2014 Rysanov gave the Russian premiere of Penderecki's Double Concerto for Violin and Viola in Moscow with violinist Nikita Borisoglebski, conducted by the composer. Other composers with whom Maxim has developed a close working relationship include Benjamin Yusupov, Leonid Desyatnikov, Giya Kancheli,  Artyom Vassiliev and Elena Langer.  


Maxim's first solo commercial CD burst onto the recording scene with a Gramophone Editor's Choice award; his next two releases gained the same accolade and a fourth reached the top of the I-Tunes charts in the USA.  In the 2013/14 season his recording output is further extended with two releases on BIS: and a disc of Martinu viola repertoire in collaboration with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiří Bělohlávek, Alexander Sitkovetsky and Katya Apekisheva and the second volume of the Bach Solo Suites arranged for viola.  Maxim also featured as both soloist and conductor on the debut disc of composer Dobrinka Tabakova (ECM) in 2013 - a disc, which reached number 2 in the UK classical charts and has received a GRAMMY nomination.   A further disc in the pipeline is an all Schumann disc on the BIS label.


Originally from the Ukraine, Maxim has made London his home.  He studied viola with Maria Sitkovskaya in Moscow and John Glickman in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He studied conducting with Alan Hazeldine at the Guildhall School of Music in London, and has taken part in several masterclasses including with Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Jorma Panula.


He is delighted to have a Giuseppe Guadagnini viola (1780) on extended loan from the Elise Mathilde Foundation.

Ukrainian-British violist and conductor Maxim Rysanov has established himself as one of the worlds most vibrant and charismatic musicians of his generation.