Recognised as one of the world’s best and most charismatic viola players, Maxim Rysanov is the winner of the prestigious 2008 Classic FM Gramophone Young Artist of the Year. Additional awards include the Tertis and Geneva competitions as well as the 2007 BBC New Generation artist scheme.
Originally from the Ukraine, Maxim is now based in London. He is regularly invited to perform as a soloist and chamber musician in the UK and abroad and has been a guest of many orchestras, festivals and venues worldwide.
He performs concertos with orchestras throughout the UK such as Bournemouth Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He also a frequent soloist abroad including invitations from the European Union Youth Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Orchestre Royale de Chambre de Wallonie, China National Philharmonic, Guangzhou Symphony, Bayerischer Rundfunk Kammerorchester, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, Basel Sinfonie Orchester, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia and the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra among others.
He works with artists such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Jirí Belohlavek, Augustin Dumay, Martin Fröst, Janine Jansen, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Viktoria Mullova, Donald Runnicles, the ASCH Trio and Maxim Vengerov.
Maxim has a strong interest in new music and several works have been dedicated to him, including various concertos by Dobrinka Tabakova, Artyom Vassiliev and Elena Langer.
Maxim’s recording projects include a Decca disc of Bach Inventions with Janine Jansen and Torleif Thedéen, which reached number 1 in the iTunes charts in the USA. Other commercial recordings include a concerto disc of Tavener and Kancheli (Onyx) and a recital disc with Evelyn Chang (Avie) both of which were named Gramophone Editor’s Choice. Forthcoming recording plans include a disc of unaccompanied Bach and a disc with Tchaikovsky and Tabakova works with orchestra.
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.