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Maxim Rysanov has established himself as one of the world’s best and most charismatic viola players. Originally from the Ukraine, Maxim has made London his home. He studied viola with Maria Sitkovskaya in Moscow and John Glickman in London, and conducting with Alan Hazeldine at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is delighted to play a Giuseppe Guadagnini viola (1780) on extended loan from the Elise Mathilde Foundation.
Maxim performs in major concert halls worldwide with renowned conductors, orchestras and chamber partners. In recent seasons he has debuted with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Auckland Philharmonic, the Christchurch Symphony, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He also appeared for the first time in Korea and was invited to become ongoing artist-in-residence of the Great Mountain Festival. He continues as artist-in-residence at the new and prestigious Valladolid concert hall in Spain.
Maxim is a keen chamber musician. His chamber partners include Piotr Anderszewski, Leif Ove Andsnes, Nicola Benedetti, Michael Collins, Alice Coote, Augustin Dumay, Martin Frost, Sol Gabetta, Janine Jansen, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Viktoria Mullova, Eldar Nebolsin, Alexei Ogrintchouk, 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.