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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 has worked with include Steve Reich, Mischa Maisky, Bjork, John Williams, Abel Selacoe, Thomas Adès, Bobby McFerrin, Zakir Hussain, Max Richter, Anoushka Shankar, 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. He has also guest-directed other ensembles including Scottish Ensemble and is a regular guest-leader of the UK's trail-blazing Manchester Collective. In April 2024 he guest-directs Britten Sinfonia.

Max 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 released the group's debut disc Bach to Folk for a the Naxos label last year to critical acclaim. They have toured all over Europe and are planning album number 2.

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'. ZRI looks forward to releasing its 4th album in Autumn of 2024.

Max is a regular at chamber music festivals, which in the last few years have included SoNoRo in Romania and Italy, Natalie Clein's Purbeck International Chamber Muisc Festival, Lawrence Power’s West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival, Plush Music. With his father, cellist Alexander Baillie, he has toured the Brahms Double concerto with national orchestras of South Africa.

Max is one half of Sonnen, an experimental electronic music duo with Vahakn Mattosian which has taken part in Snape Maltings' Festival of New and been resident artists supported by the Britten Pears Foundation.


Max was taught and mentored by the legendary violinist Ivry Gitlis. He plays the mandolin, and graduated Christ’s College, Cambridge, with a first class degree in Political Philosophy. He is proud to be supported by the Royal Philharmonic Society as part of their Enterprise Fund towards his project re-visualising Bach's solo works for violin and cello.

Max plays on an 1845 J.B Vuillaume violin and a 2009 viola by Stephan von Baehr.





Concerts & Events

9 MAR 
/ Lodestar Trio Copenhagen Denmark
10 MAR  / Lodestar Trio Viborg Denmakr
13 MAR / Lodestar Trio Bielefeld, DE
14 MAR / Lodestar Trio Hamburg DE

15 MAR / Lodestar Trio Moelln DE
17 MAR / Fleeting Paradise Orchestra, Jamboree, London
26 MAR / St Leonards Concerts with Suntou Susso
8 APR / Guest leading Britten Sinfonia Saffron Walden
9 APR / Guest leading Britten Sinfonia @ Barbican
10 APR / The Music Critic with John Malkovich Bremen Film Awards DE
16 APR / Handel Festival @ Handel Hendrix House, London
17 APR / St Leonards Concerts / Beyond Bach with Hastings Singers
4 MAY / Arvo Paert Fratres with Winchester Chamber Music Festival orchestra
5 MAY / Fritz Brothers @ Wichester Chamber Music Festival
28 JUN / Heloise Werner album launch South Bank Centre Londo
18 JUL / St Leonards Concerts: Argentinian Tango with JP Jofre
10 & 11 AUG / ZRI at Hay Music, Hay on Wye
11-15 SEPT ZRI Autumn tour Scotland, St Leonards, Ripon Festival
1 OCT / Lodestar Trio @ LSO St Lukes, London
NOV Max Richter UK and Europe Tour



‘…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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