British-German violinist and violist Max Baillie is sought after as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader in the UK and abroad.


His musical life reflects his interest in the cross-pollination of musical styles, having led Bjork’s string orchestra in the Royal Albert Hall, recorded with guitar maestro John Williams, and dueted with Bobby McFerrin in New York. From folk tunes in the Welsh hills to major festivals across the world, Max leads a chameleonic life embracing classical, improvisation, and appearances on stages big and small.

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 and on Swiss radio at the Boswil Sommerfest. They also tour their own live score to Charlie Chaplin's early classic 'The Adventurer'.

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. Max is a regular at chamber music festivals, which in the last few years have included SoNoRo in Romania and Italy, Lawrence Power’s West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival, and plays regular duo concerts with his father, cellist Alexander Baillie, including touring the Brahms Double concerto with national orchestras of South Africa. For almost 10 years Max has played with Notes Inegales, an innovative contemporary music and improvisation group which invites diverse musical guests for each of their club nights near Euston, including regular slots for the London Jazz Festival.

Max regularly leads Swiss chamber orchestra CHAARTS including tours of China and Switzerland, appearing with Mischa Maisky, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, and Fazil Say, and recording for Sony. He also looks forward to leading the Baroque ensemble Arcangelo at the Barbican this April in London.


Max is working on an album of his own electronic music, plays the mandolin, and has a Political Philosophy degree from Christ’s College, Cambridge.






13 MAR | 19:30 'The Music Critic' @ Istanbul, Turkey FOR TICKETS & VENUE INFO CLICK HERE

22 MAR | 19:30 Maximum Vahakn @ Darkroom Sessions CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19

01 APR | 19:30 Arcangelo @ Barbican - POSTPONED DUE TO COVID 19

04 APR | 20:00 Bach D minor Partita @ National Concert Hall, Dublin CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19-

07 APR | 19:30 Bach D minor Partita @ Theatre Royal, Norwich - CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19

08 APR | 19:30 Beethoven Quintet @ Sage, Gateshead CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19

28 MAY | 19:30 ZRI @ Hay Festival CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19

29 MAY | 19:30 ZRI @ Presteigne Assembly Rooms  FOR TICKETS & VENUE INFO CLICK HERE

27 JUN | 19:30 ZRI @ Bradfield Festival FOR TICKETS & VENUE INFO CLICK HERE

04 JUL | time tbc Lodestar Trio @ Boswil Sommerfest - FOR TICKETS & VENUE INFO CLICK HERE

06 JUL | 20:00 Lodestar Trio @ Bremen Sendesaal - FOR TICKETS & VENUE INFO CLICK HERE

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‘…an exquisitely executed rendition, and one which had its audience utterly transfixed.’

– Julia Savage | Review on Bachtrack of Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy played at Kings Place


‘Max Baillie’s gutsy viola playing was a particular delight’

– Geoff Brown, The Times


‘Most impressive was violinist Max Baillie, who sounded exactly how I imagine the fiddler

in a Chagall painting would sound. For a pale Englishman that’s quite a feat.'

– Ivan Hewett | Kafka’s Wound review






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