Biography

Recorder player, harpsichordist, and ensemble leader Max Volbers is one of the most versatile young musicians in the field of early music. Wholly in keeping with the sound worlds of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when it was a given that musicians would master several instruments, as a multi-instrumentalist he illuminates the repertoire of early music from a great variety of perspectives. Particularly important to him is the exploration of new repertoire, whether through paraphrases, pasticcios, or transcriptions. He also devotes himself frequently to contemporary music and regularly collaborates with composers on commissioned works. He studied at the Mozarteum University Salzburg with Dorothee Oberlinger, Walter van Hauwe, Reinhard Goebel, and Florian Birsak.

Als Preisträger u.a. des Deutschen Musikwettbewerbs ist er gern gesehener Gast beim Verbier Festival, dem Heidelberger Frühling, den Musikfestspielen Sansscouci, den Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspielen oder den Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik. Aus der tiefen Überzeugung heraus, dass die Alte Musik nicht exklusiv der Originalklangbewegung vorbehalten sein sollte, spielt er gleichermaßen mit Ensembles wie La Cetra oder dem Capricornus-Consort als auch mit „modernen“ Orchestern wie dem Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, den Münchner Philharmonikern, der NDR Radiophilharmonie oder dem Musikkollegium Winterthur.

As a conductor, he has worked with ensembles including the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and soloists such as Olivia Vermeulen. In addition to his concert career, Max teaches at the Mozarteum University Salzburg, the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, and in a number of masterclasses.

He has received major support from the German Foundation of Musical Life, the Ernsting Foundation, and the Cordes Foundation. In October 2022, his debut CD „Whispers of Tradition“ will be released with GENUIN.

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