Max Wung 

MetSO Max Wung

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
Ottawa, Canada
(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.

Ai Qin International Cello Competition
(23-25) August 2019

China’s leading music school, the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, holds the Ai Qin International Cello Competition once every two years. The Ai Qin is the biggest and most prestigious cello competition in China, and although it has been running for many years nationally, it was only opened up to international competitors 6 years ago. This year over 600 cellists took part in the live event in Beijing.

The competition is divided into the professional and non-professional categories. The professional category is usually for students who are studying full time in a music conservatory. Max was accepted to compete in the Professional Junior Category (professional students aged 13-17).

The first round of the Ai Qin International is via video submission. Only the top 32 competitors are selected for the 2nd round in Beijing at the Central Conservatory of Music (23rd to 24th August 2019). Max was the only Australian cellist invited to compete in Beijing.

The international panel of judges for the Professional Junior Category included Professor Markus Stocker, renowned European Cellist Joanna Sachryn, and Professors from Beijing Central, Shanghai and Wuhan Music Conservatories.

Max’s outstanding performances in Beijing saw him win all the way through to the Final Round of 6 - the Grand Final held on the 25th of August. Each competitor in the Grand Final was required to play a full Concerto. Max’s masterful performance of the demanding Elgar Cello Concerto saw him take out 2nd prize. This is an amazing achievement!

Professional Junior (13-17)
Beijing Central Conservatory
Ai Qin International Cello Competition

We are thrilled to be having Max play the Elgar Cello Concerto with the MetSO this December.

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