Maxim Rysanov

Conductor / Viola



Alexander Sitkovetsky and Maxim Rysanov to perform together at Rye Arts Festival UK

Alexander Sitkovetsky and Maxim Rysanov to perform together at Rye Arts Festival UK

At the end of the month Maxim Rysanov  and Alexander Sitkovetsky will team up again for a violin/viola recital at Rye Arts Festival in the UK following a successful collaboration at the East Neujk Festival They’ll perform a mixed programme including Bach, Bartok, Mozart, Martinu, Hendel/Halverson, Tabakova at the All Saints Church on 26 September ...

Pianist Alessio Bax and violist Maxim Rysanov will both perform at the Premiere Performance 10th Anniversary Gala Concert

Pianist Alessio Bax and violist Maxim Rysanov will both perform at the Premiere Performance 10th Anniversary Gala Concert

Pianist Alessio Bax and violist Maxim Rysanov will both travel to Hong Kong to perform at the Premiere Performance 10th Anniversary Gala Concert on 24 September at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre They will play various pieces by Mendelssohn, Sarasate, Brahms, Halvorsen and Handel alongside violinist Cho-Liang Lin, and cellists Li Wei Qin, Sa Chen and Evelyn ...


Ukrainian-British violist and conductor Maxim Rysanov has established himself as one of the worlds most vibrant and charismatic musicians. 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, Verbier, Great Mountain, Tran Siberian and Edinburgh Festival, Salzburg Festival among others. After having completed a conducting fellowship at The GSMD he started to combine his viola performance with a career as a conductor.

Conducting engagements include the Spanish Radio Orchestra, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Riga Sinfonietta, London Mozart Players, Baltic Neopolis, Scottish Ensemble, Russian National Orchestra and Moscow Musica Viva, Kiev Soloists, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Georgian National Symphony Orchestra, Częstochowa Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Chaarts, Detmold Chamber Orchestra, Dala Sinfonietta, Southbank Sinfonia, Voronezh Youth Orchestra, Danubia Symphony as well as conducting at festivals in Dubrovnik (with Roger Moore as narrator), Utrecht (with Janine Jansen), Boswil (with Vilde Frang), Surrey Hills (with Nicola BenedettI), Budapest Festival Orchestra (Kelemen Quartet), and the finale of the Beijing Viola Festival.

Conducting appearances this season Plovdiv Philharmonic (Kristina Blaumane), Sofia Opera Orchestra and Chorus (Bulgarian premier of Cantata by Dobrinka Tabakova), Sofia Philharmonic, Royal College of Music String Orchestra, Lviv Philharmonic, Detmold Chamber Orchestra, Lepaje Symphony Orchestra (soloist David Geringas) and the Pforzheim Stadtsorchester.

As a conductor Maxim worked with such soloists as Mischa Maisky, Nicola Benedetti, Vilde Frang, Janine Jansen, Boris Brovtsyn, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Sergei Krylov, Susanna Yoko Henkel, Sergei Suvorov, Kristina Blaumane, Ashley Wass, Benjamin Yusupov, Leonard Elschenbroich, Dora Kokas and Kelemen Quartet among others. Maxim 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.

Among his concerto highlights are Mariinsky Orchestra (Valery Gergiev), Russian National Orchestra (MikhailPletnev), BBC Symphony Orchestra (Jiří Bělohlávek), Seattle Symphony (Andrey Boreyko), Orquesta de Castilla y Leon (Vasily Petrenko), DSO Berlin (Tugan Sokhiev), Moscow Philharmonic (Yuri Simonov), BSO (Vladimir Fedoseev), Gurzenich Orchestra (Sir Mark Elder), Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (Philippe Herreweghe), NDR Philharmonic Orchestra (Eivind Gullberg Jensen), Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra (Juraj Valcuha), RTE Symphony Orchestra (Olari Elts), the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (Arvo Volmer), the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (Vladimir Verbitsky), Auckland Symphony Orchestra (Eckehard Stier), Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Michael Schoenwandt), Malaysian Philharmonic (Yan Pascal Tortelier), Shanghai Symphony (Long Yu), Orquesta Sinfonica de Euskadi (Diego Matheuz), Ulster Orchestra (Paul Watkins), European Union Youth Orchestra (Matthias Bamert), Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg (Michal Dworzynski), Kazan Symphony (Alexander Sladkovsky) and Strasburg (Vasily Sinaisky).

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.

Maxim is a keen promoter of new music. Recently he conducted the Russian premier of the Piano Concerto by Benjamin Yusupov. His enthusiasm for new music has generated collaborations, which have extended the viola repertoire.  This includes world premieres by Dobrinka Tabakova, Richard Dubugnon and Sergei Akhunov. Other composers with whom Maxim has developed a close working relationship include Benjamin Yusupov, Leonid Desyatnikov, Giya Kancheli, Artyom Vassiliev and Elena Langer. In 2014 Maxim presented the Penderecki’s double concerto in a Russian premiere. In 2016 he premieres a new viola concerto by Peteris Vasks that was co-commissioned by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Vale of Glamorgan Festival and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg. Further performances include Turku Philharmonic, Riga Sinfonietta,  Hong Kong Sinfonietta,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Wurttemburgisches Kammerorchester Heilbron and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra.

Maxim’s commercial CD have continually gained awards including Gramophone Editor’s Choice and ECHO, ICMA, Gramophone and Grammy nominations as well as reaching the top of the iTunes charts in the USA. His recent recording of the Martinu Rhapsody – Concerto was shortlisted for the Gramophone Award. Maxim also featured as both soloist and conductor 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 2017 Onyx will release a double CD devoted to music by and inspired by Schubert.

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.


Agile, expressive and with a mastery of line and dynamics, Rysanov is a prince among viola players, and this is one of his finest albums to date.
- Gramophone on "In Schubert's Company"
I fell in love with the incredibly beautiful sound of his instrument. In his playing I could feel an uncommonly high emotional tension.
- Pēteris Vasks (composer)
, 2016
Maxim Rysanov is the kind of musician who can do the musical equivalent of reading from the phone book and making it exciting.
- American Record Guide
 (Joseph Magil)
, 2015
Words to describe Rysanov's passionate and penetrating performances don't come easily. He is, of course, the main character on stage in all four works on the program, but Sitkovetsky astonishes with his dazzling playing in the duos(..)
- Fanfare
 (Jerry Dubins)
, 2015
Maxim Ryasnov's seductive viola in late works by Martinu would grace any sensible Want List.
- Fanfare
 (Phillip Scott)
, 2015
Maxim Rysanov's radiant viola playing catches the Bohemian spirit that runs through his Martinu programme.
- The Gramophone
 (Adrian Edwards)
, 2015
Maxim Rysanov is without a rival.
- Artamag
 (Jean-Charels Hoffelé)
, 2015
Rysanov's golden song carries us through to another perfect peace.
- BBC Music Magazine
 (David Nice)
, 2015
[Maxim Rysanov's] performances here are totally convincing and demonstrate both enthusiasm for and understanding of Marinu's musical language. (..) What a pleasure all around.
- MusicWeb International
 (Brian Reinhart)
, 2015
Vivant. Touchant. Superbe.
- Diapason
 (Nicolas Derny)
, 2015
Martinu’s viola works majestically performed by Rysanov.
- The Strad (The Strad recommends...)
 (Carlos Maria Solare)
, 2015
Maxim Rysanov's playing is outstanding – I've never heard a viola sing quite like this. If Rysanov's sotto voce statement of the hymn-like tune a few minutes before the close doesn't induce shivers, you've no heart.
- The Arts Desk
 (Graham Rickson)
, 2015
[Rysanov's] musicianship is gloriously impeccable throughout.
- MusicWeb International
 (Dominy Clements)
, 2015
Give to this excellent players, with the likes of Maxim Rysanov, who, with a vast range of repertoire, can play Johannes Brahms just as well as John Tavener.
- Crescendo
 (Jean-Baptiste Baronian)
, 2015
Maxim Rysanov and his partners give absolutely gripping performances of [Maritinu's] works.
- Pizzicato
 (Remy Franck)
, 2015
Only the Barbican's arid acoustic stops Norman Lebrecht awarding this disc of Martinu's viola music a rare fifth star, so fresh and contemporary are these performances by Maxim Rysanov.
- Sinfini Music (Album of the Week)
 (Norman Lebrecht)
, 2015


  1. Vasks Viola Concerto Maxim Rysanov & Sinfonietta Riga