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MAXIM KUZIN
900 Montgomery Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Cell 267-538-7088 
E-mail: Maxim_kuzin@yahoo.com

WORK EXPERIENCE

2012 -   Music Director, Instrumental Conducting Associate Professor
Reinhold Glier Institute of Music, Kyiv, Ukraine, Symphony and Chamber Orchestras

Reinhold Glier Kyiv Institute of Music is the oldest music institution in Ukraine, established in the late 19th century. Mr. Kuzin was appointed to build two existing student orchestras into the best young musicians ensembles in Ukraine. Duties included:

  • Planning, overseeing and conducting the two most advanced Institute orchestras - symphony and chamber
  • Performing the orchestras 2-3 annual concerts at the National Philharmonic Hall of Ukraine
  • Teaching graduate and undergraduate level conducting; teaching graduate level score reading and orchestra work methodology
  • Membership in the Institute’s Artistic Board

2011    Head of Opera Preparation Department, Music Director of Opera Productions
Dnepropetrovsk Glinka Conservatory, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine

Appointed to build the Opera Preparation Department’s program and elevate its status among music education institutions in Ukraine. Duties included:

  • Managing full-time teachers and piano accompanists
  • Planning, overseeing, preparation and conducting two annual opera productions
  • Planning, oversight and preparation of opera scenes with graduate opera faculty students

2012   Assistant Conductor
NationalPresident’s Orchestra of Ukraine

Professional 105-member orchestra with USD $2.5 million annual budget. Duties included:

  • Conducting regular concerts and festivals
  • Preparation of orchestra for tours and concerts

2009 - 2011   Staff Conductor, Opera Theatre
Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine

Professional opera theatre that serves as a teaching and performance environment for the Academy’s graduate and post-graduate Opera and Stage Director Department students. Duties included:

  • Music direction of new productions of graduating stage director faculty students
  • Production of 3 premiere, fully-staged one-act opera productions
  • Preparation, rehearsal and conducting of operas from current theatres’ repertoire
2006 - 2009   Music Director
Krivoy Rog Music Theatre
Krivoy Rog is a regional Ukrainian city of approx. 1 million; the theatre celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2008. Duties included:
  • Music direction of 3 new music productions/concerts annually
  • Planning, programming, cast selection and approval
  • Managing soloists, orchestra, choir, piano accompanists, assistant conductor
  • Participation in, and collaboration with, the Artistic Board and Director
  • Conducting 2-4 productions/concerts each week
  • Collaboration with city’s music institutions
  • Mass-media appearances and collaboration
  • Award winning theatre received highest critical acclaim

2007-2009   Music Director
Krivoy Rog College of Music, Pop-Orchestra

One of the finest Ukraine’s undergraduate music institution. The College purposefully created the pop-orchestra after my appointment to the city’s Music Theater

  • Prepared and conducted unique programs focused on popular music
  • Led concerts and performances with the Popular Singing Department’s most gifted students

2004 - 2007   Music Director
Ensemble of New Music “Ricochet” of the National Composer’s Union of Ukraine

Pierrot Lunaire-sized membership Ensemble organized by National Composers’ Union of Ukraine to perform and promote XX-XXI century music of Ukrainian and international composers

  • Conducted numerous concerts and tours with the Ensemble every year:
    • Included concerts of music by contemporary American composers: renowned Jay Reise who came to Kiev for MusicFest-2004 performance of his “Open Night” and a master-class in composition; Judith Lang Zaimont, Beth Anderson, Vanessa Lann, Lawrence Dillon. Ukrainian multi-city tours of international contemporary music projects with Norwegian, Finnish and Russian composers.
  • Multiple performances at major annual international new music festivals in Ukraine (see the list below)
  • High critical acclaim

June - December   Music Director and Conductor
2006   BBC Live TV-Show “Dancing with The Stars”, Kyiv, Ukraine

  • Nine prime-time live performances on major Ukraine’s TV-channel “1+1”
  • High critical acclaim

2002-2005    Founder, Artistic Director, and Principal Conductor
Youth Music Theatre “MAXIMA”

Winner of project grants from the International George Soros Foundation and Kyiv, Local State Administration

  • Ukrainian Premiere of fully-staged productions of Stravinsky’s operas Mavra and Renard
  • Creation of music theatre from ground up
  • High critical acclaim

2001-2003   Staff Conductor
2004-2005   Kyiv Academic Operetta Theatre

Ukraine´s foremost operetta theatre. Duties included:

  • Music direct concerts
  • Conduct productions and lead rehearsals with orchestra, soloists, choir and ballet
  • Assist Music Director in planning and artistic meetings

OTHER CONDUCTING EXPERIENCE

Symphony orchestras:
National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine; National Symphony Orchestra of Georgia (Tbilisi, Georgia); National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine; National President’s Orchestra of Ukraine; Vladivostok Philharmonic Orchestra (Vladivostok, Russia); Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra (Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA); Crimea Philharmonic Orchestra(Yalta, Ukraine); Donetsk Philharmonic Orchestra (Donetsk, Ukraine); Dnepropetrovsk Philharmonic Orchestra (Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine); Lugansk Philharmonic Orchestra (Lugansk, Ukraine); Ensemble of soloists of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (Kyiv); Rovno Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra (Rovno, Ukraine), and others

Opera Theaters:
Donetsk National Academic Opera Theatre (Donetsk, Ukraine); Lvov National Opera Theatre (Lviv, Ukraine); Kharkov National Opera Theatre(Kharkiv, Ukraine); Dnepropetrovsk State Opera Theatre (Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine); Kyiv National Operetta Theatre (Ukraine); Odessa Operetta Theatre (Odessa, Ukraine); Krivoy Rog Music Theatre (Krivoy Rog, Ukraine); Youth Music Theatre “MAXIMA” (Kyiv, Ukraine); Opera Theatre “Molodaya Opera” of the National Musical Academy of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine)

EDUCATION

2006 - 2009   Instrumental/orchestral Conducting
Tchaikovsky National Musical Academy of Ukraine
Postgraduate education 3-year program with a performance emphasis

1999 - 2003   Instrumental/orchestral Conducting
Tchaikovsky National Musical Academy of Ukraine
Graduate education 4-year program - diploma with honors

1994-1999   Choral Conducting

Tchaikovsky National Musical Academy of Ukraine

Undergraduate education 5-year program - diploma with honors

1983-1994   Choral Conducting and Singing
Lysenko Kiev Boarding School for Gifted Children
11-year special music and general education program - diploma with honors

AWARDS

“2005 EMERGING ARTIST” - “Symphony Magazine”, American Symphony Orchestra League

2008, “The Best Music Direction” prize at Sicheslavna Theatric Festival, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine

FESTIVALS/WORKSHOPS

Permanent conductor of annual Ukrainian International New Music Festivals:
“Music-Fest”, Kyiv, Ukraine
The premier and oldest festival in the capital of Ukraine

“Musical Premiers of the Season”, Kyiv, Ukraine
The Festival is devoted to premier performances of music by Ukrainian and world composers

“Youth Art Forum”, Kyiv, Ukraine
Venue for music performances of young composers

“Two Days & Two Nights”, Odessa, Ukraine
Most innovative festival which lasts 48 hours non-stop

“Kontrasty”, Lviv, Ukraine
Festival with many international composers and European artists participating

May-June   Assistant Conductor
2004            Hot Springs Music Festival, Arkansas, USA

PRINCIPAL CONDUCTING TEACHERS

Professor Roman Kofman - Music Director, Symphony Orchestra Bonn, Bonn Opera; Symphony and Chamber Orchestras of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine

Professor Allin Vlasenko - Conductor, National Opera Theatre of Ukraine

Professor Evgeny Savchuk - Artistic Director, National Choir of Ukraine DUMKA

LECTURES

August 2004   Harvard University, Ukrainian Research Institute, Cambridge, MA, USA
Title: “Opera: Why Do We Love or Hate It?”

LANGUAGES SKILLS

Native: Ukrainian
Other: fluent English and Russian

Information current as of April 2014.