Maxim Fedotov - Russian violinist and conductor, People's Artist of Russia (2002), "a brilliant musician and a perfect master," Russian Paganini "(Frankfurter Rundschau), Laureate and winner of major International violin competitions (in Tokyo, International P. Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, N.Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa), Laureate of the Moscow Government Award (2003), professor at the Moscow State Conservatory (since 1987), a Jury-member of International Violin competitions.
Born into a family of the famous conductor of the St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre - Victor Fedotov. Got music education at the Special Music School in St. Petersburg and at the Moscow Conservatory. His primary teachers were Boris A. Sergeev, D. Tsyganov, Igor Bezrodny. Also studied opera and symphonic conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatory (class of People's Artist of the USSR V. Chernushenko).
Made guest appearances in the world most famous venues: at the Barbican Hall (London), Symphony Hall (Birmingham), Finland (Helsinki), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Gewandhaus (Leipzig), «Gastieg» (Munich) , «Alte Oper» (Frankfurt am Main), Auditorium (Madrid), Megaro (Athens), «Musikverein» (Vienna), "Suntory Hall” (Tokyo), "Symphony Hall” (Osaka), “Verdi Concert Hall” (Milan), in the halls of the Cologne Philharmonic, the Vienna State Opera, the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky Theatre in Russia, and many others. He performed more than 50 solo and symphony concerts in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory for the past 10 years.
Performs with the major orchestras of the world, playing with famous conductors. His concert activity and recordings in duet with pianist Galina Petrova occupies important part of his artistic life. Among his recordings are "24 Caprices" by Paganini (DML - classics) and CD series - «All Compositions for Violin and Orchestra by Bruch» (Naxos).
He is the first violinist, who gave a recital playing the two Violins left by Paganini - Guarneri del Gesù and Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume (St. Petersburg, 2003).
Today Fedotov organically combines the activities of a concert violinist and symphony conductor. From 2003 to 2005 - Chief Conductor of the Russian Symphony Orchestra.
Since 2006 to December 2010. - worked as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra "Russian Philharmonia,” he performed with the Orchestra of about 100 symphony programs, opera productions, gala concerts in the central Concert Halls of Moscow, has collaborated with many prominent soloists, etc.
Cooperation with the St. Petersburg House of Music headed by Sergey Roldugin occupies special place in musician’s activity (conducting and violin master classes).
Collaborates with a number of major Russian and foreign symphony orchestras.