Maxim Emelyanychev

Principal Conductor

Maxim Emelyanychev became SCO Principal Conductor in September 2019.

Maxim is an outstanding representative of the younger generation of Russian conductors. Born in 1988 to a family of musicians, he studied conducting and piano in Nizhny Novgorod and then with Gennady Rozhdestvensky in Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

His prizes include a Gramophone Award 2017, together with Joyce DiDonato and Il Pomo d’Oro, for their album In War & Peace (Warner/Erato), and 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.

Since his conducting debut at 12, he has worked with many Russian and international orchestras. He is Principal Conductor of the Zürich-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 Cenčić, 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 his current season include 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 Belgique, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Bordeaux, and St Petersburg Symphony (as part of the Arts Square Festival founded by Yuri Temirkanov).

Next Season, alongside taking up the post of SCO Principal Conductor, Maxim conducts the Netherlands Philharmonic, Antwerpen Symphony, Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Tokyo Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, and makes his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival 2019 with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a production of Handel’s Rinaldo.

He follows in the footsteps of just five previous Principal Conductors in the Orchestra’s 44 year history; Roderick Brydon (1974-1983), Jukka-Pekka Saraste (1987-1991), Ivor Bolton (1994-1996), Joseph Swensen (1996-2005) and Robin Ticciati (2009-2018).

Recent SCO Appearance (March 2018)

Commenting on his recent appearance with the Orchestra in March 2018, the media said:

a dynamo on the podium’ Bachtrack

 ‘Emelyanychev constantly balancing surface charm and vigour with a far darker, more manic undertow – not least in the towering cumulative energy of his propulsive finale.’ The Scotsman

 ‘the SCO also complemented conductor Emelyanychev’s boldness and vivacity in his interpretation of the Schubert symphony, giving the daring tempos and delicate passages great attention.’ Serenade Magazine

‘he produced some of the most robust playing we have heard from the SCO musicians this season’ The Herald

Maxim Emelyanychev is managed by Veronique Jourdain Artists Management