Recognized as one of the world’s finest and most charismatic viola players, Maxim Rysanov performs worldwide as a concerto soloist and chamber musician. Rysanov is a past recipient of both the Classic FM Gramophone Young Artist of the Year and the BBC New Generation awards and is a prizewinner of the Geneva International Music Competition and Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition among others. Originally from the Ukraine, he studied with Maria Sitkovskaya in Moscow and with John Glickman in London, his adopted home town. Rysanov has a strong interest in new music and has premièred works and new commissions by many composers, including Dobrinka Tabakova and Richard Dubugnon. His several recordings include Brahms’s viola repertoire as well as concertos by Tavener and Kancheli, and to date no less than three of his discs have been selected as Editor’s Choice in the prestigious Gramophone magazine. On BIS he has previously released Bach’s six suites for solo cello (on two separate discs), as well as his own arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, described by the reviewer of BBC Music Magazine as a ‘dazzling performance [that] makes us believe that the work was tailor-made for his instrument’. Entitled ‘Pavane’, Rysanov’s subsequent album also featured arrangements, this time of music by French composers including Fauré, which Gramophone’s reviewer found ‘so effective in these interpretations that one wishes he’d written the original music for viola and piano’. Maxim Rysanov also has a burgeoning career as a conductor, often directing from the viola. His instrument, a Giuseppe Guadagnini (1780) viola, is on generous loan from the Elise Mathilde Foundation.
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