Young Russian conductor Maxim Emelyanychev (1988) grew up in a family of musicians. He went to the Choral College of Nizhny Novgorod and Balakirev College of Music and later studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Gennady Rozhdestvensky. He made his conductor’s debut at the age of 12 and has been conducting symphonic and Baroque orchestras in Russia and abroad ever since.
Maxim joined the period music ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro in 2011 as a harpsichord player and became the ensemble’s principal conductor in 2016. He is also the principal conductor of the Nizhny Novgorod Youth SO. In 2018, Emelyanychev conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, substituting for Robin Ticciati due to his sudden illness. As a result of the successful performance, the orchestra selected Emelyanychev as their next principal conductor starting from the 2019/2020 season.
The 2019/2020 season sees Emelyanychev’s collaboration with the LNSO as well as debuts with the Konzerthausorkester Berlin, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria and the Seattle Symphony; his first appearance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Glyndebourne Festival, and his return to the
Iceland SO. Future plans include a debut at Geneva’s Grand Théâtre, Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, and collaboration with the Munich Philharmonics.
Emelyanychev has appeared in the Zurich Opera House and Seville’s Teatro de la Maestranza; he has conducted the Toulouse National Capitol Orchestra, the Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra, the Lyon National Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the National Orchestra of Bordeaux, the Saint Petersburg SO, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Antwerp SO, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo SO, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Iceland SO, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. He has staged and conducted several Handel’s operas in festivals and tours with Il Pomo d’Oro and vocalist Joyce DiDonato.
Emelyanychev received the International Opera Award in the Newcomer category in 2019. His record In War & Peace – Harmony Through Music with Joyce DiDonato received the Gramophone Award in 2017. His recording of Mozart’s piano sonatas in 2018 earned him the Choc de Classica award.