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 taking lessons from Oleg Caetani. In 2003, Maxim won Young Conductor in association with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Competition. He had to refuse the position at that time due to the increasing commitments in soloist career. However, he always remained connected to his conductor-side.
Maxim’s recent conducting engagements include: the Russian National Orchestra, the Spanish Radio Orchestra (RTVE), laVerdi Orchestra Milan, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Dala Sinfonietta, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, the Danubia Symphony Budapest, the Georgian National Symphony Orchestra, the Riga Sinfonietta, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Musica Viva in Moscow, the London Mozart Players, the Voronezh Youth Orchestra, the Kiev Soloists, the Częstochowa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra Chaarts, the Detmold Chamber Orchestra, the Southbank Sinfonia, the Budapest Festival Academy Orchestra, the Classic FM Orchestra in Bulgaria, the Baltic Neopolis Chamber Orchestra, the Antonio Vivaldi Orchestra, the Scottish Ensemble, the Homecoming Festival Ensemble, the Aurora Festival Orchestra, the Dubrovnik Festival Ensemble and Utrecht Festival Ensemble.
As a conductor, Maxim has worked with soloists including: Mischa Maisky, Nicola Benedetti, Vilde Frang, Janine Jansen, Boris Brovtsyn, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Sergei Krylov, Sosanna Yoko Henkel, Sergei Suvorov, Kristina Blaumane, Ashley Wass, Benjamin Yusupov, Leonard Elschenbroich, Dora Kokas and Kelemen Quartet, among others.
Maxim is a keen promoter of new music. Recently, he conducted the Russian premier of the Piano Concerto by Benjamin Yusupov. 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. Future engagements include: the Plovdiv Philharmonic (Kristina Blaumane); the Sofia Opera Orchestra and Chorus (Bulgarian premier of Cantata by Dobrinka Tabakova); the Sofia Philharmonic; the Royal College of Music String Orchestra; the Lviv Philharmonic; the Detmold Chamber Orchestra; the Lepaje Symphony Orchestra (soloist David Geringas); and the Pforzheim Stadtsorchester.