Belgian-American violinist, Maximilian Haft has lived on the European continent since 2009. A multifaceted musician performing a wide array of repertoire, Max specializes in interpretations of contemporary music and improvisation. He has performed on major stages and in intimate venues across Europe, North America, South America, and the Middle East in formal concert setting, theatrical contexts and spatial installations.
As a soloist, Max has performed and premiered contemporary violin concertos with the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Geneva, Ensemble Contrechamps, and Collegium Novum Zurich. He has recorded for Mode Records, Kairos, Klarthe, Wergo, Col Legno, Edition RZ, Fyo, and Musique Suisse labels as a soloist, chamber or ensemble musician. He has premiered solo and chamber works by such composers as Samuel Andreyev, Dominique Schafer, and has worked closely with Heinz Holliger, Oliver Knussen, Hans Zender, Beat Furrer, and Michael Gordon. He has appeared at such festivals as Donaueschingen, Eclat, Warsaw Autumn, Archipel, Pori Jazz, Orvieto Winter Jazz, Edinburgh World Festival, and the Festival for New American Music in Sacramento. He has taken part in performance residencies at Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, and The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and has been a guest lecturer at La Manufacture in Lausanne, and the Conservatory of Geneva (HEM).
Max studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music pre college division with Zaven Melikian and Wei He. He has a Bachelor’s in Violin Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he studied with Masuko Ushioda†. He graduated with a Master’s degree cum laude from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague having studied with Vera Beths. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Leiden’s artistic research program.