Conductor: Robert Max

A picture of Robert Max

Robert Max enjoys a career that weaves together solo performance, chamber music, conducting and teaching. He was appointed Musical Director of the Oxford Symphony Orchestra in 2005 and over the past twelve seasons they have performed together thirty-six programmes which have included music by composers including Respighi, Berlioz, Berg, Balakirev, Glazunov, Bliss, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev, Bruckner and Britten. They have also performed cornerstones of the symphonic repertoire such 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 conducted the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra and the Marryat Players on many occasions. He has visited Romania frequently to conduct 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 2010 Robert conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in a conducting masterclass led by Valery Gergiev. Robert has recently been appointed Conductor of the North London Symphony Orchestra.

A Picture of Robert MaxAs cellist of the Barbican Piano Trio for thirty years, 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 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.

Robert was Musical Director of the Zemel Choir from 1994-8 and together they recorded two CDs for Olympia and toured Israel in 1996. He 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 has taught the cello at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music for over twenty-five years. Robert is an Honorary Professor of the Rachmaninov Institute in Tambov and a member of the International Board of Governors of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. He is principal cellist of the London Chamber Orchestra, President of the North London Music Festival. Robert is currently involved in a cultural and social education project commissioning The Remarkable Tale of Prince Unexpected from composer Joseph Phibbs and storyteller Kevin Graal. This will be performed by the Barbican Piano Trio at the 2018 Frinton Festival, at Riverhouse Arts Centre in Surrey and at Conway Hall in London.

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