|A graduate of the Yehudi Menuhin School, Cambridge University, and Berlin's UdK, British-German violinist and violist Max Baillie is sought after as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader in the UK and abroad.
Max's musical life reflects his interest in the cross-pollination of musical styles. Artists he has worked with include Steve Reich, Mischa Maisky, Bjork, John Williams, Thomas Adès, Bobby McFerrin, Zakir Hussain, James Thierrée and many more. From folk tunes in the Welsh hills to major festivals across the world, Max leads a dynamic life which embraces classical, improvisation, contemporary and experimental music.
As regular guest-director of Swiss chamber orchestra CHAARTS he has toured with artists including Mischa Maisky and Fazil Say in Switzerland, Germany and China and has recorded for Sony and Berlin Classics. In February 2021 he went to Glasgow to direct a socially-distanced meeting of the Scottish Ensemble in Glasgow, including music of his own.
Max plays in ZRI, a quintet drawing together the folk and gypsy influences in works by Brahms, Schubert, and Janacek, and which was inspired by the Red Hedgehog Tavern, a Viennese gateway to the East as well as a favourite drinking hole. Together they have played at festivals across the UK and in Europe and most recently appeared as featured artists on Swiss radio at the Boswil Sommerfest. They also tour their own live score to Charlie Chaplin's early classic 'The Adventurer'. ZRI looks forward to releasing its third album later in 2021.
Max also founded Lodestar Trio with stars of the Scandinavian folk scene Erik Rydvall and Olav Mjelva, exploring Baroque music through the meeting of violin, Swedish nyckelharpa and Norwegian hardanger fiddle, and with whom he will record the group's debut disc for a brand new flagship series of releases for Naxos later in 2021.