British-Ukranian musician Maxim Rysanov studied conducting with Alan Hazeldine at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he also received his education as a violist. He also participated in masterclasses with Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Jorma Panula and most recently has been mentored by Oleg Caetani.
Maximʼs conducting engagements have included the La Verdi Orchestra Milan, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Spanish Radio Orchestra (RTVE), Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Dala Sinfonietta, Danubia Symphony Budapest, London Mozart Players, Scottish Ensemble, Southbank Sinfonia, Riga Sinfonietta, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, I Musici Montreal, Detmold Chamber Orchestra, Musica Viva (Moscow), Voronezh Youth Orchestra, Kiev Soloists, Częstochowa Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Chaarts, Budapest Festival Academy Orchestra, Classic FM Orchestra (Bulgaria), Baltic Neopolis Chamber Orchestra, Georgian National Symphony Orchestra, Plovdiv Philharmonic, Sofia Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Sofia Philharmonic, Royal College of Music String Orchestra, Liepaje Symphony Orchestra, Badische Philharmonie, Vivaldi Orchestra Morbegno, Homecoming Festival Ensemble, Aurora Festival
Orchestra, Dubrovnik Festival Ensemble, Utrecht Festival Ensemble and the Beijing Viola Competition Final.
As a renowned soloist himself, Maxim understands the intricacies of working with soloists, and has had successful musical collaborations with Nicola Benedetti, Kristina Blaumane,
Boris Brovtsyn, Leonard Elschenbroich, Vilde Frang, Janine Jansen, Sergei Krylov, Dóra Kokas, Mischa Maisky, Domenico Nordio, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Barnabás Kelemen, Ashley Wass, Susanna Yoko Henkel, Benjamin Yusupov and Kelemen Quartet among others.
He featured as both conductor and soloist on the debut disc of composer Dobrinka Tabakova (ECM) in 2013 - a disc that reached number 2 in the UK classical charts and was shortlisted for a Grammy Award in the USA. In June 2017 Onyx released a double CD devoted to music by and inspired by Schubert, in which Maxim both conducted and played. It was listed as Classic FMʼs Best New Recordings, KDFC Album of the Week and KUSC Album of the Week. Maxim will return to the studio for a disc of Peteris Vasks (BIS) later this year which includes Symphony No 1, Voices as well as the new Viola Concerto dedicated to him.
Conducting engagements in the coming season include debuts with the Nordic Chamber Orchestra, Ukrainian Festival Orchestra, Russian State Academic Orchestra, Tatarstan State Symphony Orchestra, as well as return invitations to the La Verdi Orchestra Milano, Riga Sinfonietta, and the Detmold Chamber Orchestra.