Max is a 13-year-old, Year 9, Academic Scholarship student at the International School of Western Australia. He studies the cello with Rod McGrath and Xiaole Wu since 2010 and recently attained his Associate in Music Diploma with distinction. Max also studies the piano with Jana Kovar since he was six.
In 2014, Max was invited to join the Churchlands Senior High Symphony Orchestra and three years later became their Principal Cellist. In the same year he also became the Principal Cellist of the School’s Chamber Orchestra.
Max is fortunate to be given the opportunity to perform in many public concerts in Perth and overseas. The Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, under their Young Artist initiative, has given Max the rare opportunity to perform concerts since 2016. The Vienna Pop Orchestra also invited him to perform at their Vienna Pops 30th Anniversary New Year’s Eve Concert in 2017.
ABC 3 TV, BTN Extra, featured Max while attending a Masterclass with renowned Cellist Lynn Harrell, at the Adelaide International Cello festival in 2014. He has also attended Masterclasses with Liwei Chin, Penny Howard and Pablo Fernandez. Last year he gave a private performance of the Bach’s Cello Suite No.1 in G major and Saint-Saens’s Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor for Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth in Perth and working with them afterwards. This year Max was selected to participate in the West Australian Symphony Orchestra International Artist Masterclass with Gautier Capucon, as part of their Young & Emerging Artist Program.
Max recently won a place in the
National Arts Centre (NAC) Orchestra’s
Young Artists Program
(21st edition June 3-22, 2019)
Founded in 1999 by Pinchas Zukerman, the NAC Young Artists Program has contributed to the success of many of today's most outstanding professional musicians, many of whom have gone onto major performing careers around the world.