Award-winning Ukrainian-British violist and conductor Maxim Rysanov has established himself as one of the worldʼs most vibrant and charismatic musicians. As a violist, he is principally known as a frequent guest of the crème of the international music scene, such as BBC Last Night of the Proms and the festivals of Edinburgh, Salzburg and Verbier. He has performed with the Mariinsky Orchestra (Valery Gergiev), Russian National Orchestra (Mikhail Pletnev), BBC Symphony Orchestra (Jiří Bělohlávek), Seattle Symphony (Andrey Boreyko) and Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León (Vasily Petrenko). Maxim is also a keen chamber musician whose chamber partners include Maxim Vengerov, Janine Jansen, Mischa Maisky, Gidon Kremer, Nicola Benedetti, Vadim Repin, Augustin Dumay and Viktoria Mullova. His enthusiasm for new music generates many exciting collaborations which extend the viola repertoire, including world premieres by Dobrinka Tabakova and Pēteris Vasks. Maxim enjoys a parallel career as a conductor, which he studied in tandem with the viola at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He works every season with La Verdi Orchestra Milan. Other recent conducting engagements include Basel Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra etc. He is delighted to have a Giuseppe Guadagnini viola (1780) on an extended loan from the Elise Mathilde Foundation.