Ian Maksin

One of the most versatile and innovative musicians of his generation.

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Private Lesson – 30 minutes $30
Private Lesson – 60 minutes $60
Master Class – 120 minutes

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Hailed by the press “one of the most versatile and innovative musicians of his generation”, Ian Maksin is quickly gaining international recognition as a cellist, composer and producer.

Born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, Maksin began playing the cello at age six at the Special School for Gifted Children of the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. At age seventeen he came to the United States to attend the Manhattan School of Music in New York City and later became the principal cellist of the New World Symphony, America’s one-of-a-kind training orchestra under the direction of maestro Michael Tilson Thomas. During that time he had an opportunity to receive personal mentorship from such artists as Lynn Harrell, Mstislav Rostropovich, Bernard Greenhouse, and many others.

In recent years, Ian Maksin has become increasingly active as a soloist and composer and has been touring regularly throughout the United States and Europe. His live performances have been frequently broadcast on National Public Radio and its affiliate stations throughout the USA, on NBC and PBS national television as well as Polish, Russian and Bulgarian national television.

Maksin has premiered and recorded numerous works by contemporary composers, including a critically acclaimed CD “Sculpting Clouds” which came out on Albany Records in 2007 and featured works by Juilliard-based award-winning American composer Eric Ewazen. In 2006, he recorded on Miguel de Aguila’s album “Clocks”, a collaboration with the Cuarteto Latinoamericano. Ian’s debut solo CD titled “Solo Flight” was released in January 2010 and is an eclectic compilation of works for cello solo ranging from Bach Cello Suites to a new piece by a Chicago-based composer Ilya Levinson, as well as a suite for solo cello by Spanish cellist and composer Gaspar Cassado.

In 2011, Maksin founded iAN&ANi DUO, a collaboration with Bulgarian pianist Ani Gogova. Their debut CD came out in October 2012 and features the music of Piazzolla, Ginastera, Ravel, De Falla as well as a world premiere of a work commissioned by iAN&ANi from Chicago-based composer Ilya Levinson.


TANGO PLUS – 2012 Music of Astor Piazzolla, Maurice Ravel,
Alberto Ginastera, Manuel De Falla, Ilya Levinson,
and Rodion Shchedrin

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SOLO FLIGHT – 2010 Music for solo cello by J.S. Bach,
Ilya Levinson and Gaspar Cassado.

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