Grammy-nominated Ukrainian-British violist and conductor Maxim Rysanov has established himself as one of the world’s most vibrant and charismatic musicians. He is principally known for his performances as a violist, guest of the crème of international music scene such as BBC Last Night of the Proms, Edinburgh Festival, and Salzburg Festival. Among his concerto highlights are performances with the Mariinsky Orchestra (Valery Gergiev), Russian National Orchestra (Mikhail Pletnev), BBC Symphony Orchestra (Jiří Bělohlávek), Seattle Symphony (Andrey Boreyko), Orquesta de Castilla y Leon (Vasily Petrenko), and DSO Berlin (Tugan Sokhiev). Maxim has won a number of prizes, including, Classic FM Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award and the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Award, as well as the Geneva, Lionel Tertis and Valentino Bucchi competitions. His enthusiasm for new music has generated collaborations, which have extended the viola repertoire and the London Evening Standard has attested to this, “the warmth of Rysanov's viola left you wondering why composers bother with the violin”. Rysanov has given world premieres by Dobrinka Tabakova, Richard Dubugnon and Valentin Bibik, amongst others, and next year he will be premiering a new work for solo viola and string orchestra by Peteris Vasks. In 2013, Maxim was featured as both soloist and conductor on a disc of composer Dobrinka Tabakova – a disc that reached No.2 in the UK classical charts and was shortlisted for a Grammy award in 2014.