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Maxim EMELYANYCHEV , Conductor

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Principal Conductor, Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Chief Conductor, Il Pomo d’Oro

The inspirational conductor, Maxim Emelyanychev, is a man on springs: he directs from the keyboard with manic intensity, alert to every rhythmic nuance in the score, urging his players on like a coachman driving a team of mane-tossing thoroughbreds. The results are truly exciting. Backtrack – Stephen Pritchard – 2018

If response and virtuosity is any guide, the SCO is already mesmerised by its new maestro, because the playing here was exhilarating from first note to last. The Times – Richard Morrison – 2018

Maxim Emelyanychev is the superbly resourceful and stylish conductor. Evening Standard – Barry Millington – 2019

An outstanding representative of the younger generation of Russian conductors, Maxim Emelyanychev was born in 1988 to a family of musicians. He received his music education in his home city Nizhny Novgorod (conducting and piano) and in Gennady Rozhdestvensky’s conducting class at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

Soon after his conducting debut at the age of 12 he is invited by quite a few Russian international orchestras, both baroque and symphonic. 2013 he becomes the Principal Conductor of the historically informed orchestra Il Pomo d’Oro and Principal Conductor of the Nizhny-Novgorod Soloists Chamber Orchestra.

He collaborates with such renowned artists as Max Emanuel Cencic, Patrizia Ciofi, Joyce DiDonato, Teodor Currentzis, Franco Fagioli, Richard Goode, Sophie Karthäuser, Stephen Hough, Katia et Marielle Labèque, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Julia Lezhneva, Alexei Lubimov, Riccardo Minasi, Xavier Sabata, Dmitry Sinkovsky.

In 2014, the success of his invitation to conduct Mozart Don Giovanni at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Sevilla leads to a first series of symphonic guest engagements in Europe.

The season 2016-17 is marked by a major international tour at the head of Il Pomo d’Oro Orchestra with Joyce DiDonato, debut at the Opernhaus Zürich in Mozart’s Entführung aus dem Serail, and debut at the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, which invites him back on the spot for three concerts every year ever since.

In 2017/18 besides his return to Toulouse and to the Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla for the fourth time, Maxim makes debut with the following orchestras: Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano LaVerdi, Orchestre National de Belgique, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Bordeaux and the Saint-Petersburg Symphony.

Highlights of the 2018/19 season include debut with the Antwerpen Symphony, Netherlands Philharmonic,Tokyo Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic. Maxim also takes Il Pomo d’Oro to a three week tour of Asia and Middle East with Joyce DiDonato.

In 2019/20, alongside taking up his position of Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, he conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in two of the major international opera institutions: The Glyndebourne Festival (Handel Rinaldo, with Jakub Orlinski in the title role) and the Royal Opera House (Handel Agrippina, with Joyce DiDonato in the title role).

He also returns to the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Other engagements include the Berliner Konzerhausorchester, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Latvian Symphony Orchestra, the Real Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria and the Seattle Symphony.

The following season sees him, among other engagements, conduct the opera of the Geneva Grand Theatre in Mozart Clemenza di Tito and the Toulouse Théâtre du Capitole in Mozart Nozze di Figaro, and in debut with the Münchner Philharmoniker.

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Principal Conductor, Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Chief conductor, Il Pomo d’Oro

Maxim has recorded several cds for Warner Classics at the head of his orchestra Il Pomo d’Oro, among which a Haydn symphonies and concertos album and “In War and Peace, Harmony through music” with Joyce DiDonato which won the Gramophone Award 2017.

For the label Aparté he has recorded a solo cd of Mozart Sonatas on fortepiano which won a Choc de Classica 2018 and the ICMA 2019, and a Beethoven Symphony n°3/ Brahms Haydn Variations cd with the Nizhny-Novgorod Soloists Chamber Orchestra.

With the Scottish Chamber Orchestra he has recorded Schubert Symphony n°9, the very symphony of the debut with this orchestra. The cd is released on Linn Records in November 2019.

Maxim has been awarded the “Golden Mask” for his participation in 2013 as the fortepianist in a stage production of Nozze di Figaro at the Perm Opera Theatre conducted by Teodor Currentzis (Sony Classical). In April 2019 he has received the most distinguished international Opera Award, category New Comer for his performances with Il Pomo d’Oro and star singers such as Joyce DiDonato and Franco Fagioli.

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SCO : Emelyanychev’s contract has been extended until 2025.

Extension of Maxim Emelyanychev’s contract as Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra upon the first week of his tenure.


Maxim Emelyanychev conducts The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in Handel’s Agrippina with Joyce DiDonato.

Debut at the Glyndebourne Festival 2019

Maxim Emelyanychev conducts The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the prestigious Glyndebourne Festival 2019, in Handel Rinaldo.

MAXIM EMELYANYCHEV new Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

MAXIM EMELYANYCHEV has been appointed new Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from September 2019.

Winner 2019 International Opera Awards, category New Comer.


Maxim Emelyanychev’s Mozart sonatas CD won a CHOC DE CLASSICA and the ICMA 2019
Aparté Records - February 2018