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 Svetlanov State Symphony Orchestra; the Kazan State Symphony Orchestra; the Russian National Orchestra, the Spanish Radio Orchestra (RTVE), laVerdi Orchestra Milan, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia Opera Orchestra and Chorus; Sofia Philharmonic; Ukrainian Festival 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 Antonio Vivaldi Orchestra, the I Musici de Montreal; 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, Sergei Dogadin, David Geringas, Sosanna Yoko Henkel, Kristina Blaumane, Ashley Wass, Benjamin Yusupov, Leonard Elschenbroich, Dora Kokas and Kelemen Quartet, among others.
Maxim is a keen promoter of new music. Maxim featured as both conductor and soloist in two debut albums. Most recently his recording of music by Peteris Vasks (BIS), where he premiered dedicated to him Viola Concerto as well as conducted composer’s first symphony - reached 15th place in the Specialist Classical Charts. In 2013 Maxim featured in a disk of composer Dobrinka Tabakova (ECM) - a disc that reached number 2 in the UK classical charts and was shortlisted for a Grammy Award.
Maxim’s 2020/2021 engagements include conducting debuts with Ulster Orchestra and Beethoven Orcheter Bonn as well as returning to the Danubia Symphony Orchestra and the Kiev Soloists Chamber Orchestra.