Maverick violinist and violist Max Baillie performs across a diverse spectrum of music embracing new commissions, improvisation, and collaborations with artists from all over the world. Based in London, England, he has performed as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader on stages from the Royal Albert Hall to Glastonbury and from Mali to Moscow. Artists he has worked with come from many backgrounds and include Bobby McFerrin, John Williams, Bjork, Stevie Wonder, and Anoushka Shankar.
Max is a member of ZRI, Zum Roten Igel. Named after the Red Hedgehog Tavern in Vienna, the ensemble has toured to major festivals with its re-scored versions of the Brahms clarinet quintet and the Schubert C major quintet, including accordion and santouri (dulcimer). The group has recently added a new program Adventures with Charlie Chaplin to its repertoire, a live score to an early Chaplin classic.
Since April 2017 Max has been regularly leading and directing Swiss-based chamber orchestra CHAARTS, with whom he made a disc for Sony and toured with Turkish pianist Fazil Say. He looks forward to projects next year including the Boswil Summer Festival and a tour with cellist Mischa Maisky.
Max’s Lodestar Trio is a brand new collaboration with two stars of the Scandinavian folk music scene, Olav Mjelva and Erik Rydvall, and explores the links between Folk and Baroque music. The trio has already been featured on Classic FM, BBC Radio 3, Norwegian Radio, and had a sold-out London debut concert. Max also plays regularly with Notes Inegales, an improvisation group which ventures into adventurous cross-cultural and cross-genre collaborations at its regular club night Club Inegales.
Max is partnered with the National Youth Orchestra of Britain to build an online educational resource for young string players, and is currently working with an animator to create a short film about how to approach solo Bach as part of his Bach Voyager project.
Max is a graduate of the Yehudi Menuhin School, Berlin’s UdK, and has a degree in Political Philosophy from Christ’s College, Cambridge.