Maxim Kuzin is currently affiliated with two Ukraine-based music institutions. He is
Music Director of the Reinhold Glier Kyiv Institute of Music’s Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, and holds a post of Head of the Opera Preparation Department at the Dnepropetrovsk Glinka Conservatory. He combines passionate personality with a distinguished track record of professional, artistic, and educational achievements as a symphony and opera conductor. Discovery, interpretation, and performance of rare classical music pieces by famous composers is Mr. Kuzin’s particular area of professional interest. At the same time, challenging established performance formats and creating new ways for audiences to hear and appreciate classical music is what Maestro Kuzin is known for in Ukraine and abroad.
The Reinhold Glier Kyiv Institute of Music was the first conservatory established in the late 19th century in Kiev. Over the past century, many world-famous musicians graduated from this school, including such names as Vladimir Horowitz and Miliza Korjus. The Orchestras, led by Mr. Kuzin, besides regular concert performances in major concert halls of Kyiv, have at least two concert performances each year in the city’s Lysenko Concert Hall of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine.
During the 2010-2011 concert season, Mr. Kuzin was invited to direct a unique classical show-program called Tamara Gverdzitei - My Carmen based on Bizet’s opera Carmen and featuring the unique voice of one of the most pre-eminent Georgian-Russian singers, Tamara Gverdziteli. This state-of-the-art contemporary-classical show incorporated symphony orchestra, soloists, ballet and an actor. The program toured eight Ukrainian opera houses including Kyiv, Lviv and Odessa, as well as five Russian cities. The renowned Yuriy Chaika, Peoples´ Artist of Ukraine and Chief Stage Director of Dnepropterovsk Opera Theatre, authored and stage-directed this production. After the tours, Mrs. Gverdzitely invited Maestro Kuzin to music-direct her solo concert in Tbilisi, accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra of Georgia and the National Choir of Georgia, her first solo concert after an eleven-year break from performing in her motherland.
In 2009-2011, Mr. Kuzin worked as Conductor at the Opera Theatre of The Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine. Continuing to surprise Ukrainian audiences and fulfilling his personal mission to present new and/or rare music, during these years Mr. Kuzin music directed fully-staged one-act operas Il Campanello by Donizetti, Walton’s The Bear, based on a comic vaudeville by Chekhov, and Monologues by Ukrainian composer Gubarenko. Mr. Kuzin also regularly prepared and conducted Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.
During the 2006-2009 concert seasons, Mr. Kuzin was appointed Music Director of Krivoy Rog Music Theatre. This professional music theatre celebrated its 75th Anniversary and Mr. Kuzin´s duties included Music Directorship of at least three new music productions each year and conducting of two to four concert performances each week.
In the Summer and Autumn of 2006, Mr. Kuzin was invited by the leading TV production company Star Media to Music Direct and conduct a pop-orchestra as part of the Ukrainian version of the BBC TV-Show “Dancing With the Stars”. Nine prime-time live performances on a major Ukrainian TV channel, 1+1, brought high critical acclaim and made Maestro Kuzin one of the most widely known conductors in the country
In the 2004-2007 concert seasons, Mr. Kuzin was appointed Music Director of the Ricochet New Music Ensemble, a Pierrot Lunaire-sized membership ensemble organized by the National Composers’ Union of Ukraine to perform and promote 20th and 21st century music by Ukrainian and international composers. With this ensemble, Mr. Kuzin conducted contemporary and new music concerts at annual Ukrainian international festivals of contemporary music, including "Kyiv Musik-Fest" in Kyiv, "Two Days & Two Nights" in Odessa, "Kontrasty" in Lviv, "Youth Art Forum" and "Musical Premieres of the Season" in Kyiv.
During the 2002-2005 seasons, Mr. Kuzin was appointed Conductor at the Kiev State Operetta Theatre, where he conducted Strauss´ Die Fledermaus, Lehar´s The Merry Widow and Offenbach´s opera/operetta Monsieur Choufleuri restera chez lui le... This appointment at Ukraine´s foremost operetta theatre followed Mr. Kuzin´s 3-year affiliation with the Theatre.
Summer 2004 brought Mr. Kuzin´s appointment as Assistant Conductor for the Hot Springs Music Festival in Arkansas, USA. He was selected from a large pool of gifted conductors and was invited to conduct the Festival´s orchestras.
In 2002-2004, while a graduate student at the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine, Mr. Kuzin became the Founder, Artistic Director, and Principal Conductor of the Youth Music Theatre MAXIMA. His love for and desire to combine rarely performed classical music with the noble intent of providing young, talented Ukrainian musicians with an opportunity to fuse their talents into a world-class performance, culminated in a unique Ukrainian premiere staging of two rarely performed pieces by Stravinsky - the opera Mavra and the opera/ballet Renard. Such prominent organizations as the International George Soros Foundation and Kiev Local State Administration supported and sponsored the project.
Maestro Kuzin conducted numerous concerts and performances with such orchestras as the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine, National Symphony Orchestra of Georgia (Tbilisi, Georgia), Vladivostok Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia), Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra (USA), National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk, Lugansk, Kharkov and Rovno Philharmonic Orchestras of Ukraine. In 2002, Maxim Kuzin was also invited to conduct a choir during the Baha´i International Arts Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York. During the same year, Mr. Kuzin conducted a New Year concert of Strauss waltzes with the National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. As a singer and choir member, Maxim Kuzin toured and performed around the world participating in several vocal competitions.
Mr. Kuzin´s orchestral conducting experience includes all the symphonies of Beethoven and Brahms, symphonies by Haydn, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Mahler, Rachmaninoff, Berlioz´s Symphonie Fantastique, Dvorak´s New World symphony, Rimsky-Korsakov´s symphonic suite Sheherazade, Ravel´s La Valse, Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, Stravinsky’s Petrushka and many others.
Maestro Kuzin´s opera conducting experience includes music direction of The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart, Il Campanello by Donizetti, Mavra and Renard by Stravinsky, The Bear by Walton, Monologues by Gubarenko; Offenbach´s opera/operetta Monsieur Choufleuri restera chez lui le... Other repertoire performed in fully-staged theatre productions and/or tours includes Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Tchaikovsky´s Eugene Onegin, the operettas Die Fledermaus by Strauss, Lehar´s The Merry Widow, Offenbach´s La Belle Helene, Kalman´s Das Veilchen vom Monmartre (Paris in Spring) and others.
Born in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1976, Maxim Kuzin began his music studies at the age of 7, when he entered the Lysenko Boarding Music School for Gifted Children, specializing in choral singing and conducting, with piano minor. In 1994, upon graduating from the Lysenko school with honors, Mr. Kuzin entered the Tchaikovsky National Musical Academy of Ukraine (NMAU) and graduated in 1999 with honors from the Choral Conducting Department, where he studied with Professor E.G. Savchuk. He continued his studies at the National Music Academy´s Opera and Symphony Conducting Department under the guidance and mentoring of professor and Maestro Roman Kofman (Music Director of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn and Bonn Opera in Germany in 2003-2006). Maxim Kuzin earned a second honors diploma in 2003, this time specializing in musical theatre and symphony orchestra conducting. His graduation concert performance with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine included Berlioz´s Symphonie Fantastique and Grieg´s Piano Concerto, and was performed at the concert hall of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine.
In May 2008, Maestro Kuzin was awarded the Best Music Direction prize of the Sicheslavna Theatrical Festival for music direction of Donizetti´s opera Il Campanello in the Krivoy Rog Music Theatre in Krivoy Rog, Ukraine.
Maestro Kuzin’s recent and future conducting engagements include a concert in March 2014 with the Glier Institute of Music’s Symphony and Chamber Orchestras at the National Philharmonic Hall of Ukraine, as well as a concert in Donetsk with the Donetsk Philharmonic Orchestra in April 2014 with a program of Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Ravel.
Information current as of April 2014.