Already an acclaimed artist in his native Belarus, clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov is quickly gaining renown as an artist of remarkable charisma and extraordinary musicianship. He has been hailed for “clarity that’s viscerally breathtaking” and “effortless…quicksilver legato” (Lucid Culture, NYC). A recipient of the Artists International New York Debut Award, Maksim presented his Carnegie Hall debut recital at Weill Hall in 2007. A passionate advocate of clarinet music, he is on a continuous quest of expanding his instrument’s repertoire, bringing to light rarely performed masterpieces by forgotten masters.
Maksim’s 2017-18 season begins with the release of “Epilogues”, a debut album recorded in collaboration with his duo partner, acclaimed Japanese pianist Misuzu Tanaka. The Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo explores four clarinet sonatas, the last works of three leading composers – Johannes Brahms, Camille Saint-Saëns and Francis Poulenc. Each of these composers chose the clarinet as the last medium of their genius, referring to its rich sound and soulful expression in the late stage of their lives, entrusting in it a lifetime of wisdom and experience. Though the story behind the creation of each composition differs, all of them hold a deep philosophical meaning as the pinnacles of the composers’ mastery.
In addition to the debut album release, next season’s highlights include numerous concerts and master classes with appearances on the Fairmont Chamber Music Society (WV), Highlands Chapel Concert Series in Seattle (WA), and Cedarhurst Chamber Music (IL) among others.
In the 2016-17 season Maksim appeared with the Festival Amadeus in Whitefish, MT collaborating with the Amadeus Festival Orchestra and its Artistic Director John Zoltek in a performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. Together with Misuzu Tanaka he gave recitals for the Chamber Music Society of Maryland, Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society (CA) and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago. The past seasons have included recitals and master classes on the Starlight Tea Concert Series in Lancaster (PA), Music Matters Series at La Grua Center in Stonington (CT), Shorter University’s Guest Artist Series, Tuesday's Music Live Series in Augusta (GA), Frederick Collection Historical Piano Concerts in Ashburnham (MA), and Summer Stars Classical Series in Ocean Grove (NJ).
At age fourteen, Maksim was awarded a solo orchestral debut with the State Chamber Orchestra of Belarus, a performance that led to a series of concerto performances with the Belarusian State Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. He is a prizewinner of many competitions including the Dmytro Bida International Woodwind Competition (Lviv, Ukraine), Brahms Chamber Music Competition (Gdansk, Poland), and “Salieri - Zinetti” International Chamber Music Competition (Verona, Italy). He is also a two-time recipient of the President’s Foundation Award “Young Talents of Belarus.”
Maksim Shtrykov holds a degree of Master of Music from The Juilliard School, where he was a scholarship student in the celebrated studio of Charles Neidich.