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 heading towards a fourth three-year term as Musical Director of the Oxford Symphony Orchestra, his work with the orchestra over the past eight seasons has featured twenty-four 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 and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.

Since 2001 Robert has conducted the Symphony Orchestra at Royal Holloway, University of London and he also regularly conducts the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra and the Marryat Players. He makes annual 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. In 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 and at Domaine Forget in Canada. 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 a quarter of a century, Robert has performed on four continents and recorded for ASV, Black Box, Dutton and Guildmusic. The trio were delighted to join the Oxford Symphony Orchestra last March 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 and President of the North London Music Festival.

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