Maxim Emelyanychev is among the new generation of conductors who have been recognized while still young and launched early in their career. He comes from a family of professional musicians and began his music studies in his home town of Novgorod in 1995, concentrating on conducting and piano. He went on to orchestral conducting at the Moscow State Conservatory while simultaneously studying harpsichord and fortepiano as well as the baroque cornetto on which he performs with Moscow's Alta Capella ensemble. As a harpsichordist he has worked with Maria Uspenskaya, Johann Sonnleitner, Zvi Meniker and Bart van Oort.
He has been the recipient of several grants and scholarships (New Names Charity Fund 2000-2005, The Rostropovich Fund and the Spivakov Fund) and has been a prize-winner at a number of competitions and festivals, taking, among them, second prize and audience prize at the 2010 Bruges Harpsichord Competition.
As a conductor he has worked with many orchestras in Russia as well as founding and conducting the youth chamber orchestra "Veritas".
Maxim Emelyanychev has been working with Il Pomo d'Oro since 2011 . In 2014 he will conduct them in Handel's Tamerlano.