Conductor: Robert Max

A picture of Robert Max

Robert Max enjoys a career that weaves together the threads of solo performance, chamber music, conducting and teaching. Currently in his fourth three-year term as Musical Director of the Oxford Symphony Orchestra, Robert's work with the orchestra over the past eleven seasons has featured thirty three programmes which have included music by composers including Respighi, Berlioz, Berg, Balakirev, Glazunov, Bliss, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev, Bruckner and Britten alongside such cornerstones of the Symphonic repertoire as Mahler's 2nd and 7th Symphonies, Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Quixote and Alpine Symphony, Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and excerpts from Wagner's Götterdämmerung.

Robert conducted the Symphony Orchestra at Royal Holloway, University of London from 2001-2014 and has also conducted the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra and the Marryat Players on many occasions. He makes regular visits to Romania where he conducts the Arad and Oradea Filharmonic Orchestras and as well as performances with the London Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Oxford Sinfonia, Robert has conducted the Kazakh State Symphony Orchestra in Almaty. Robert has recently been appointed Conductor of the North London Symphony Orchestra.

A Picture of Robert MaxIn 2001 he made the first of three annual visits to Tambov in Russia to conduct, give recitals and direct week-long chamber-music academies. As a mark of gratitude the Rachmaninov Institute awarded him the title of Honorary Professor. In April 2008 Robert performed with the CGCO and the Arad Filharmonic as soloist in cello concertos by Dvořák and Milhaud. Robert has also performed in the Sangat Chamber Music Festival in Mumbai, India, at Domaine Forget in Canada and in the Chopin Society of Hong Kong's Chamber Music Festival. In 2010 Robert conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in a conducting masterclass led by Valery Gergiev. He was Musical Director of the Zemel Choir from 1994-8 with whom he recorded two CDs for Olympia and toured Israel in 1996.

As cellist of the Barbican Piano Trio for over a quarter of a century, Robert has performed on four continents and recorded for ASV, Black Box, Chandos, Dutton, and Guildmusic. The trio was delighted to join the Oxford Symphony Orchestra in 2013 for a performance of Beethoven's Triple Concerto. Robert was Musical Director of Pro Corda, the national school for young chamber music players, from 1998 to 2000 and now coaches chamber-music at MusicWorks. He is Principal cellist of the London Chamber Orchestra, a member of the International Board of Governors of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, President of the North London Music Festival and Artistic Director of the Frinton Festival.

Photos: Kevin Leighton: London Symphony Orchestra Discovery Conducting Masterclass - supported by the Murray-Smith Laird Charitable Trust