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Maxim Rysanov is a Ukrainian-British violist and conductor, based in London. His viola teachers were Maria Sitkovskaya in Moscow and John Glickman in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama; his conducting instructor was Alan Hazeldine, also at the Guildhall School. Known primarily as a violist and secondarily as a conductor, Rysanov divides his attention between playing international festivals and conducting concerts around the world. He is also an active chamber musician, playing recitals with such artists as Leif Ove Andsnes, Nicola Benedetti, Alice Coote, Janine Jansen, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, and many other musicians. His strong interest in contemporary music has led him to work with composers Valentin Bibik, Leonid Desyatnikov, Richard Dubugnon, Giya Kancheli, Elena Langer, Dobrinka Tabakova, and Benjamin Yusupov. In 2014, appearing with violinist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, Rysanov performed the world premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki's Double Concerto in Moscow, under the composer's direction. Rysanov has recorded for Avie, Onyx, ECM, and BIS.