Maxim Rysanov:
Opening Concert


Thursday, September 26, 2024
7:30 pm


Salle Pierre-Mercure
Centre Pierre-Péladeau

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Maxim Rysanov

Conductor and Viola

I Musici de Montréal’s longstanding friend and internationally renowned violist, Maxim Rysanov, returns this season for three concerts as Principal Guest Conductor. He’s selected a Mozart symphony for each one – in this case, the well-known 25th Symphony in G minor – the same work that opened the multi-award-winning film Amadeus. Maestro Rysanov will also perform as a soloist in works by Russian, Argentinian and British composers.

– Jean-François Rivest

O. Golijov

Tenebrae for string
(15 minutes)

J. Woolrich

Ulysses Awakes for Viola and Ten Solo Strings
(9 minutes)

W.A. Mozart

Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K. 546
(7 minutes)

L. Desyatnikov

Reflections on a Folk Song
(8 minutes)

W.A. Mozart

Symphony No. 25 K.183/173dB
(23 minutes)

Maxim Rysanov

Conductor and Viola


Grammy nominated 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. Parallel to playing viola, Maxim enjoys a thriving career as a conductor, often combining conducting and directing as a soloist within one concert.

Maxim studied conducting with Alan Hazeldine at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and has taken part in several masterclasses with Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Jorma Panula and Oleg Caetani. He studied viola with Maria Sitkovskaya in Moscow and John Glickman also at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama London.

His enthusiasm for new music generates many exciting collaborations which extend the viola repertoire. This includes world premieres by Dobrinka Tabakova, Pēteris Vasks, Richard Dubugnon and Valentin Bibik. Other composers with whom Maxim has developed a close working relationship include Benjamin Yusupov, Leonid Desyatnikov, Giya Kancheli, Artem Vassiliev and Elena Langer and most recently Gabriel Prokofiev.

Maxim is a recipient of various awards, including the Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award and the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Award. He is also a prize-winner at the Geneva, Lionel Tertis and Valentino Bucchi competitions.

Julie Triquet plays on a Giuseppe Odoardi 1726 violin, generously loaned by Mr. David B. Sela.
Christian Prévost plays on a Rafelle and Antonio Gagliano violin, Naples (ca.18xx) and a Jean Joseph Martin bow (ca.1880), kindly lent by CANIMEX.
Amélie Benoit Bastien plays a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin, Paris, ca. 1845, number 1672, Stradivarius model and a Eugène Sartory bow, Paris, ca. 1935, courtesy of CANIMEX.
Annie Guénette plays on a Josef Gagliano 1768 violin and a Lamy bow, generously loaned by CANIMEX.
Tim Halliday plays the 2014 Kolia cello by Mira Gruszow and Gideon Baumblatt, generously on loan from Mr. David B. Sela.


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