Maxim Novikov was born in Moscow. He started learning the violin aged six. In 1989 he entered the Academic Music College of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire as violist and in 1993 he entered the Conservatoire itself (class of Yuri Bashmet).
While still a student, Novikov made a name for himself as a dazzling interpreter of both classical and contemporary works, many of which he premiered. The composers Georgs PelÄ“cis, Tolibkhon Shakhidi, Aivars Kaleijs, Vache Sharafyan, Eduard Hayrapetyan, Anna Segal, Eliezer Elper, Arshia Samsaminia, Roberto Di Marino, Artur Maskats and Pavel Karmanov have dedicated viola pieces to Novikov.
He has a successful career appearing with chamber ensembles and has worked with well-known musicians including Kirill Petrenko, Gianluca Marciano, Svetlana Navassardian, Sergei Krylov, Alexander Rudin, Anita Rachvelishvili, Jevgenija Lisicina, Aivars KalÄ“js, Andy Miles, Polina Osetinskaya, Jacob Katsnelson, Vitaly Pisarenko, Boris Andrianov, Denis Shapovalov, Nikoloz Rachveli, Zhang Guoyong, En Shao, Kuss Quartet, New Russian Quartet, Khachaturian Trio…
Novikov has performed as a soloist with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Orchestra Ecxellence (Italy), National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia (NCOA), Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra (China), Orchester der Niederschlesischen Philharmonie Jelenia Góra(Hirschberg), SYOA (Armenia), Filarmónica Juvenil d Cámara de Bogotá (Columbia), Orquesta Filarmónica de Cochabamba (Bolivia), Charlemagne Orchestra for Europe (Bruxelles), Al Bustan Festival Academy Orchestra (Lebanon) as well as symphony and chamber orchestras in towns and cities around all the world. He has given recitals at the Berlin Philharmonic's Chamber Hall, the Ernst-Reuter-Saal (Berlin), St. Petersburg Philharmonic's Great Hall, the Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall, Flagey Studio (Brussels, Belgium), the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall (Yerevan) etc.
The "Stanza" duo set up by Maxim Novikov and Valentina Borisova won the V International V.Dulova Festival and Competition (2011).
Maxim Novikov founded the festival Spring Music Academy and the festival's first concerts proved a great success in 2012 in Latvia. The same year saw the release of Novikov’s CD Vi O La that was highly appreciated by the "Gramophone" Magazine.
He plays on his own instrument, crafted by Enrico Ceruti,Cremona.
From 2016, Maxim Novikov was appointed executive director of The Al-Bustan Festival orchestra (Beirut, Lebanon). Since 2017 Maxim with his partner Gianluca Marcianò were started a new festival "Suoni dal Golfo" (Lerici, Italia).
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