Maxim Rysanov is undoubtedly one of the world’s best and most charismatic viola players.
He is regularly invited to perform as a soloist and chamber musician in the UK and abroad and has been a guest at many prestigious festivals and venues worldwide. He works regularly with artists such as Augustin Dumay, Martin Frost, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Janine Jansen, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Lev Markiz, Viktoria Mullova, Julian Rachlin, Maxim Vengerov, the ASCH trio and others. He has performed concertos with orchestras worldwide such as English Chamber Orchestra, European Union Youth Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, China Philharmonic, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Geneva Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestre de Chambre de Wallonie.
Originally from Ukraine, he is now based in London after having studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and prior to that at the Central Special Music School in Moscow. He is a prize-winner of several major international awards, including the Tertis and Geneva competitions and is a BBC New Generation Artist from September 2007 and Gramophone Awards Young Artist of the Year 2008.
Maxim has a strong interest in new music and several works have been dedicated to him, including concertos by Dobrinka Tabakova and Elena Langer. He was also invited to perform the world premiere of a new Duo Concertante work for viola and cello by Artyom Vassiliev at the Spitalfields Festival with the Britten Sinfonia.
After a conducting fellowship at the Guildhall School of Music and winning the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Young Conductor scheme, Maxim also has a burgeoning career as a conductor.
Maxim is delighted to have a Giuseppe Guadagnini (1780) viola on extended loan from the Elise Mathilde Foundation.