Conductor: Robert Max

A picture of Robert Max

Conductor, solo and chamber cellist, teacher — in an exceedingly busy career Robert Max has filled all these roles, travelling widely on four continents. As a conductor, Robert directed the symphony orchestra at Royal Holloway, University of London, for over a decade and has conducted the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra and the Marryat Players – a chamber orchestra for young musicians – on many occasions. He made regular visits to Romania to conduct the Arad and Oradea Filharmonic Orchestras and, following three annual visits to Tambov in Russia during the early 2000s to conduct, give recitals and direct chamber-music academies, he was made an Honorary Professor of the Rachmaninov Institute. Other orchestras he has conducted include the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Oxford Sinfonia, the Kazakh State Symphony Orchestra and the London Chamber Orchestra. Robert was appointed as Conductor of the North London Symphony Orchestra in 2017.

Robert is currently in his eighteenth season as musical director of the Oxford Symphony Orchestra, whose adventurous programmes under his baton have ranged from Berlioz to Prokofiev and Britten and included such challenging works as Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra, Britten’s Cello Symphony, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Mahler’s 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Symphonies.

A Picture of Robert Max Among his activities as a solo and chamber cellist, Robert has performed concertos with the Arad Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, English Sinfonia, Echo Ensemble and the Kazakh State Symphony Orchestra and has taken part in festivals in India, Canada, Norway and Hong Kong. For more than thirty years he has been a member of the Barbican Piano Trio, with which he has made recordings for ASV, Black Box, Guild Music and Dutton, and he was principal cellist of the London Chamber Orchestra for twenty years. He coaches chamber musicians at MusicWorks, which organises unique chamber music courses for talented young string players and pianists, and has taught the cello at the Junior department of the Royal Academy of Music for thirty years. In addition to his work as a performer, Robert is 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. Robert has performed Bach’s six suites for solo cello throughout the UK and he recorded the suites for Guild Music in 2019.