Maxim Rysanov has established himself as one of the world’s best and most charismatic viola players. He performs in major concert halls worldwide with renowned conductors, orchestras and chamber partners.
Highlights of last season two performances at the BBC Proms Festival in London, closing the festival as the Concerto soloist with the BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (performing his own arrangement of the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations with Jiří Bělohlávek) at the iconic Last Night of the Proms, which is watched and heard by millions worldwide.
Other highlights of the past season include the FRANKFURT RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (Philippe Herreweghe), the NDR PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA (Eivind Gullberg Jensen), the GURZENICH ORCHESTRA (Sir Mark Elder), the DANISH NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (Michael Schoenwandt), the NETHERLANDS RADIO PHILHARMONIC (Alexander Lazarev), the EUROPEAN UNION YOUTH ORCHESTA (Matthias Bamert), The ULSTER ORCHESTRA (Paul Watkins), ORQUESTA DE CASTILLA Y LEON (Vasily Petrenko), the PRAGUE RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (Juraj Valcuja), the SHANGHAI SYMPHONY (Long Yu) and the GUANGZHOU SYMPHONY (Lin Daye).
For the coming season Maxim is looking forward to projects with the BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, the TAMPERE PHILHARMONIC, NEDERLANDS PHILHARMONIC, RESIDENTIE ORKEST, the RTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, ORQUESTA SINFONICA DE EUSKADI among others. Maxim also works regularly with the renowned LITHUANIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA and has been invited to direct a series of concerts including two appearances at the MELBOURNE FESTIVAL this year.
Maxim is also a keen chamber musician, and this coming season includes concerts in the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan as well venues closer to home in Europe. He also continues as artist-in-residence at the new and prestigious Valladolid concert hall in Spain. His chamber partners include Piotr Anderszewski, Leif Ove Andsnes, Katya Apekisheva, Kristine Blaumane, Michael Collins, Alice Coote, Augustin Dumay, Martin Frost, Janine Jansen, Jacob Katsnelson, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Viktoria Mullova, Eldar Nebolsin, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Julian Rachlin, Maxim Vengerov, Denis Matsuev and Ashley Wass.
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 2008 and the BBC New Generation Award 2007-2009 as well as the Geneva (2005), Lionel Tertis (2003) and Valentino Bucchi (1995) competitions.
His enthusiasm for new music has generated collaborations, which have extended the viola repertoire. This includes several chamber and concerto works by Dobrinka Tabakova. Other composers who have written specifically for Maxim include Richard Dubugnon, Artyom Vassiliev and Elena Langer. He also gave the posthumous premiere this year of the Viola Concerto by Valentin Bibik (1940-2003).
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. His debut disc on the BIS label, a first disc of Bach Solo Suites was universally well received. In 2011 his recording output takes several leaps forward with a concerto disc with the SWEDISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA and Muhai Tang on Bis (released in September 2011), which has been widely acclaimed by the media including Editors Choice of the month in the Strad Magazine and a 5-star review in the Telegraph. Additional discs to come out of the recording studio this season are a second volume of Brahms chamber music (Onyx), Bruch chamber music (Bis), and a project with the BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA on Chandos (Britten works for viola and orchestra with Edward Gardner). Further discs in the pipeline are a recital disc of French Miniatures (Bis), a disc of Beethoven Duos and Trios (Onyx), as well as the debut disc of Dobrinka Tabakova on ECM where Maxim features as both soloist and conductor.
Originally from the Ukraine, Maxim has made London his home. He is delighted to have a Giuseppe Guadagnini viola (1780) on extended loan from the Elise Mathilde Foundation