Maxim Kuzin

Maxim Kuzin
Choral and Orchestral Conducting Program

Office Location

Music Building 2321


Chamber Orchestra Conductor
Opera Theatre Conductor (Winter 2019)
Choral and Orchestral Conducting Program


Ukrainian-born conductor Maxim Kuzin serves as Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA and is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting at UCLA with Professor Neal Stulberg. Before arriving in the U.S. in 2014, Mr. Kuzin held concurrent positions in Ukraine as Music Director of the Reinhold Glier Kyiv Institute of Music’s Symphony and Chamber orchestras and Head of the Opera Preparation Department of Dnipro Glinka Conservatory of Music. He has also served as Music Director for Krivoy Rog Music Theatre and “Ricochet” New Music Ensemble of the National Composer’s Union of Ukraine, and worked as a conductor at the President’s National Orchestra of Ukraine, the Kiev National Operetta Theatre, and Opera Theatre of the National Tchaikovsky Music Academy of Ukraine.
Mr. Kuzin has toured Ukraine, Russia, and Georgia and has served as a guest conductor of orchestras in Eastern Europe and in the United States including the National Symphony Orchestras of Ukraine (Kyiv) and Georgia (Tbilisi), Vladivostok Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia), UCLA Philharmonia and Symphony orchestras, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine, National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, and others.
Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, Mr. Kuzin began music studies at age seven at the Lysenko Boarding Music School for Gifted Children, specializing in choral singing and conducting, with a piano minor. Maxim Kuzin is a recipient of the Elaine Krown Klein Fine Arts Scholarship Award (2017-18) and was designated as an “Emerging Artist” by the League of American Orchestra’s Symphony Magazine in 2005.