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"Emelyanychev is something of a wizard"

The Arts Desk, 2022

Despite only returning to live concerts in February, our Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev has already been creating a stir with his engaging performances. Reviewing the conductor's recent concert with British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, The Arts Desk wrote “Emelyanychev is something of a wizard, and he amply proved his worth by producing three very different orchestras for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, Liszt’s Piano Concerto, and Mendelssohn’s symphony.”

An orchestra sit on a concert stage playing their instruments. In the centre a man plays on a grand piano.

Last Sunday, his performance of Schubert’s Trout alongside the SCO Principals was described by The Scotsman as “a remarkably searching account, but one that never forgot the music’s sheer sense of celebration.”

There are still opportunities to enjoy Maxim's music as he conducts Debussy, Mozart, and Stravinsky and more across five further performances this Season.

A French Adventure with Steven Isserlis

This week, Maxim joins forces with star soloist cellist Steven Isserlis for A French Adventure, featuring some of France’s most irresistible music from Debussy, Saint Saëns and Jean Françaix.

Maxim's Mozart

Following his critically-acclaimed all-Mozart BBC Prom with the Orchestra in August, Emelyanychev conducts the composer’s Symphony No 39 and directs the Piano Concerto No 20 from the piano.

Handel's Messiah

The Messiah performances mark a celebratory reunion of the SCO and SCO Chorus following two years of being unable to perform together due to the pandemic. For this concert, Maxim conducts from the harpsichord.

Maxim's Firebird

Maxim's final live performance brings the Season to a resplendent close with Stravinsky’s Firebird which we take to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth.


You don't have to live in Scotland to see our Principal Conductor in action! Maxim will direct the Orchestra in Stravinsky’s rousing Pulcinella with three of Britain’s most vibrant singers Claire Booth, Andrew Staples and Roderick Williams. This high-spirited concert will also include a performance of Haydn’s Symphony No 103 ‘Drum Roll’.

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