Violinist and violist Max Baillie has jammed with Tuaregs in the Malian Desert, led Bjork’s string orchestra in the Albert Hall, and accompanied Stevie Wonder on stage in Hyde Park. From folk tunes in the Welsh Hills to collaborations with Steve Reich and John Williams, Max leads a chameleonic life including classical, improvisation, and collaborations with musicians from all over the world on stages big and small.
Max plays in ZRI, a quintet drawing together the folk and gypsy influences in work 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. Max is a regular at chamber music festivals, which in the last few years have included SoNoRo Festivals in Romania and Italy, and Lawrence Power’s West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival.
Max regularly leads Swiss chamber orchestra CHAARTS including tours of China and Switzerland, collaborations with Mischa Maisky, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, and Fazil Say, recording for Sony, and has appeared as soloist a the Boswil Sommerfest on Swiss national radio. Max also plays the mandolin, and has a Political Philosophy degree from Christ’s College, Cambridge.