An outstanding representative of the younger generation of Russian conductors, Maxim Emelyanychev was born in 1988 to a family of musicians. He studied conducting and piano in Nizhny Novgorod then with Gennady Rozhdestvensky in Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
His prizes include the Golden Mask theatre prize as harpsichordist in a production of Le nozze di Figaro in Perm, conducted by Theodor Currentzis and recorded by Sony Classical, and a Gramphone Award 2017, together with Joyce DiDonato and Il Pomo d’Oro, for their album « in War & Peace » (Warner/Erato).
Since his conducting debut at 12, he has worked with many Russian and international orchestras. He is Principal Conductor of the Zurich-based Il Pomo d'Oro Orchestra and Principal Conductor of Nizhny-Novgorod Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with artists including Riccardo Minasi, Max Emanuel Cencic, Xavier Sabata, Julia Lezhneva, Sophie Karthäuser, Franco Fagioli, Dmitry Sinkovsky, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Alexei Lubimov, Theodor Currentzis, Patrizia Ciofi, Katia and Marielle Labèque, and Joyce DiDonato.
Highlights of the current season include his returns to Toulouse and Seville, his debut with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, and appearances with the Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano LaVerdi, Orchestre National de Bordeaux, and St Petersburg Symphony (as part of the Arts Square Festival founded by Yuri Temirkanov).
Next season he conducts the Netherlands Philharmonic, Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Tokyo Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Glyndebourne Festival.