Violinist and conductor, People’s Artist of Russia (2002), professor at Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (since 1987). The laureate and winner of the most prestigious international violin competitions, such as the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (Silver Medal, 1986), the Paganini Competition in Genoa (1982), the Violinists’ International Competition of 1986 in Tokyo (Gold Medal, together with the first and all special prizes) and others, as well as the Awardee of the City of Moscow (2003). A jury member of various international competitions (including the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow: the years 1998, 2002 and 2015).
Born to the family of Victor Fedotov, a prominent conductor from St. Petersburg. Received his music education at the St. Petersburg Special Music School and then at the Moscow Conservatory. His violin teachers were professors Boris Sergeyev, Dmitry Tsyganov and Igor Bezrodny. The basic conducting skills were taught by Vladislav Chernushenko at Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory.
Chief Conductor of the Russian Symphony Orchestra (2003–2005). A soloist of the Moscow State Philharmonic Society (1987–2006). Principal Conductor of the Viennese Balls in Moscow, of the Russian Balls in Baden-Baden, and of the First Ball of the City of Moscow in Vienna (2006–2007). Head of the Violin and Viola Department at the Gnessins Music Academy of Russia (2003–2008). Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Moscow Сity Symphony Orchestra Russian Philharmonic (2006–2010). Collaborates with the St. Petersburg Performing Arts Center directed by Sergei Roldugin. Permanent soloist of the Zagreb Chamber Orchestra. Artistic Director of the Annual International Chamber Music Festival Musica Maxima in Zagreb (since 2009).
Regularly appears as a conductor with such symphony orchestras as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg Cappella and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, as well as with the CRR Orchestra (Istanbul), the Korean Symphony Orchestra (Seoul), the Bohuslav Martinů Czech Philharmonic and others.
Maxim Fedotov has toured in over fifty countries, reciting at the world most prestigious venues and performing with major orchestras led by outstanding conductors. An important part of his performing and recording activities is a duo with the pianist Galina Petrova, Honored Artist of Russia.
Cooperates with Naxos, Classical Records, DML-Classic, Melodiya and other major recording companies. His numerous concerts and broadcasts have been filmed by HRT, ORT, RAI, RTR, Kultura, Mezzo, Peace and other TV channels.
Maxim Fedotov is the first violinist who gave a recital performing on Nicolò Paganini’s two violins, made by Guarneri del Jesù and J.-B. Vuillaume.