Jennifer Stumm  | viola

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Maxim Rysanov  |  viola

12 ensemble





Maxim Rysanov  |  viola

12 ensemble
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Tansy Davies  Residuum
Benjamin Britten  Lachrymae
for solo viola and strings
John Woolrich  Ulysses Awakes for solo viola and strings


Franz Schubert (arr. Mahler)  Death and the Maiden 

The 12 ensemble find fresh voices in old sounds with music from Britten and Schubert, a new multimedia performance of Woolrich, plus a work from Tansy Davies.


This programme explores how artists reach across generations to influence each other. Renaissance composer John Dowland’s impassioned Lachrimae provide the inspiration for Tansy Davies’s thrilling work Residuum, and Benjamin Britten’s own Lachrymae. Later, music, dance and film collide in Ulysses Awakes, Woolrich’s 1998 paraphrase of Monteverdi, with a score performed live by the ensemble and featuring new choreography by Alexander Whitley. Schubert’s Death & The Maiden completes the evening, arranged here for string orchestra by another of the great Romantic composers, Gustav Mahler.


Finding innovation in old ideas comes naturally to the 12 Ensemble. Founded by Eloisa-Fleur Thom (Principal Violin) and Max Ruisi (Principal Cello) in 2012, they have established a reputation for injecting youthful energy into the chamber music repertoire, whether they’re performing classic string orchestral works, or new works by Mica Levi or Sigur Rós.


This concert series is supported by Resonate, a PRS Foundation initiative in partnership with the Association of British Orchestras, BBC Radio 3 and Boltini Trust.

Find out more about Tansy Davies' work here

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Maxim Rysanov


Award-winning Ukrainian/British violist and conductor Maxim Rysanov has established himself as one of the world's most vibrant and charismatic musicians. As a violist, he is principally known as a frequent guest of the international music scene's most prestigious engagements, such as BBC Last Night of the Proms and the festivals of Edinburgh, Salzburg and Verbier. Maxim now combines viola performance with a thriving career as a conductor. 

In demand internationally as a concerto soloist, highlights have included performances with the Mariinsky Orchestra (Valery Gergiev), BBC Symphony Orchestra (Jiří  Bělohlávek) and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin (Tugan Sokhiev). Most recently, Maxim has performed with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra and the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conducting appearances include Spanish Radio Orchestra, Basel Symphony Orchestra and the Russian National Orchestra.

A keen chamber musician, Maxim regularly joins many of the world's leading musicians on stage, including performances alongside Maxim Vengerov, Janine Jansen, Mischa Maisky and Gidon Kremer. His enthusiasm for new music generates many exciting collaborations which extend the viola repertoire, including world premieres by Dobrinka Tabakova, Richard Dubugon and Valentin Bibik, plus a new viola concerto written for him by Peteris Vasks.

Maxim's recording have gained numerous award nominations including Garamaphone Editor's Choice, ECHO and Grammy, as well as reaching the top of the iTunes charts in the USA.

Maxim also featured as both soloist and conductor on the debut disc of composer Dobrinka Tabakova (ECM) in 2013 - a disc that reached number 2 in the UK classical charts and was shortlisted for a Grammy Award. Maxim is a recipient of various awards, including the Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award and the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Award. He is also a prize-winner at the Geneva, Lionel Tertis and Valentino Bucchi competitions.

He is delighted to have a Giuseppe Guadagnini viola (1780) on extended loan from the Elise Mathilde Foundation.

Jennifer Stumm


Violist and director Jennifer Stumm is recognised as one of the world’s dynamic and creative leaders for her instrument, known both for her distinctive sound and unbridled enthusiasm for music. Hailed by the Washington Post for the “opal-like beauty” of her playing, Stumm appears on many of the world’s great stages, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Concertgebouw, Sala São Paulo, and the Wigmore Hall, London. Her solo career was launched after victories in three major international competitions: William Primrose, Geneva and Concert Artists Guild. This year’s highlights include her solo debut at the Berlin Philharmonie, performances with orchestras on four continents, the complete chamber works of Brahms in Tel Aviv, debuts at major festivals such as Vinterfest in Sweden and Davos in Switzerland as well as a return to the Muziekbebouw in Amsterdam and directing chamber orchestra tours in São Paulo and the UK.

An enthusiastic curator, speaker, writer about music, Jennifer Stumm’s TED talk about the viola and the blessings of being different, “The Imperfect Instrument,” was named an editor’s pick of all talks on She is sought after for her innovative imprint on programming and concert direction, often using movement and unexpected detail to the delight of audiences. Jennifer has received much attention as a champion of Berlioz’s Harold in Italy, both for her recording for Orchid Classics and for her unique staging and characterisation which she has performed almost fifty times. A recipient of the prestigious BBC New Generation artist and Borletti Buitoni Awards for her work in chamber music, she appears at leading festivals such as Verbier, Marlboro, Spoleto, Aldeburgh, Delft and IMS Prussia Cove.

Since her school days teaching strings in the Atlanta inner city, Jennifer has been devoted to the power of art to inspire social progress in us all. In 2015 she founded Ilumina, a chamber music festival in São Paulo, which has rapidly risen to prominence as one of Latin America’s most forward-thinking arts initiatives. Ilumina unites prominent international soloists with Brazil’s most talented young artists, working to identify and advance extraordinary young talent from the developing world onto the international stage. In its first three years alone, 70% of Ilumina young artists have gone on to study at elite institutions and won new jobs, and over 10,000 people have experienced chamber music free of charge.

Jennifer lives in London where she is International Chair of Viola Studies at the Royal College of Music. She performs on a viola by Gasparo da Salò, c 1590, generously on permanent loan from a private collection.

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