Valeriy Maksymov emigrated to New Zealand in 2000, and since his arrival he has been actively following his own twin passions: establishing himself as a member of the viola section of the Christchurch Symphony and performing regularly as a singer.
Valeriy holds masters degrees in singing and in violin/viola performance, and is a qualified teacher of both. As viola player, he was a member of the Donetsk Philharmonic Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble “Viola”. As the Principal Baritone of the Donetsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre (Ukraine), he performed fifteen roles for the company including the title role in Eugene Onegin, Gryaznoy in Tzar’s Bride, Marcello in La Boheme, von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Marullo in Rigoletto, Danilo in The Merry Widow and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly.
He made his New Zealand operatic debut with Canterbury Opera in 2001 as Schlemil in The Tales of Hoffman and as Ping in Turandot later that year. Most recently, he performed as Nikitich in Boris Godunov in 2003, as Marullo in Rigoletto this year with the National Business Review New Zealand Opera, and for Canterbury Opera as Marchese di Calatrava in The Force of Destiny.
Concert engagements include recitals in Donetsk Philharmonic Hall and Conservatoire (1992-2000); International Music Festival 1998 (Kiev); recital in Germany (Cologne 1998); Concerts Programmes in Christchurch Music Centre and Art Centre 2000-2004); Concerts Programmes in Auckland and Hamilton (2002-2006 – including Recital in Auckland Town Hall (Sept 2006).