British cellist Maxim Calver made his concerto debut in Symphony Hall, Birmingham as part of the Grand Final of BBC Young Musician 2018.

British cellist Maxim Calver made his concerto debut in Symphony Hall, Birmingham as part of the Grand Final of BBC Young Musician 2018. His performance of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, was praised for its ‘natural ease’ and ‘emotional lyricism’. Earlier in the competition he won the Strings Category, performing works by Lutoslawski, Brahms and Stravinsky.

Highlights since then include concerto appearances across the UK with the Bath, Stockport and Maidstone Symphony Orchestras, the Orpheus Sinfonia and Brahms’ Double Concerto with Menuhin Competition prize-winner Tianyou Ma at Cadogan Hall, London. He has also performed recitals at St. James’s Church, Piccadilly, Norwich Assembly Rooms, St James’, Guernsey and Wethersfield Chamber Concerts amongst others.

In February 2020 he was a finalist in the Strings Category of the Royal Overseas League Competition, where his performance was singled out for the “elegance of his technique, overall sound and natural poeticism” (Strad Magazine, 2020).

Upcoming highlights include recitals as well as a performance of Shostakovich Cello Concerto no.1 at St. John’s Smith Square, London. Originally from Gorleston-on-Sea in Norfolk, Maxim studied with Maja Passchier before moving to the Yehudi Menuhin School to study with Thomas Carroll. He currently studies at the Royal College of Music with Professor Melissa Phelps, where he is the Herbert Howells &Thomas Fielden Scholar. Maxim is also a Hattori Foundation Junior Award recipient and has participated in masterclasses with leading cellists including Steven Isserlis, Heinrich Schiff, Julian Lloyd Webber, Paul Katz and Guy Johnston.

Also a passionate chamber musician, Maxim has performed in many leading venues across the including St. John’s Smith Square and a performance of Strauss’ Metamophosen Septet at the Wigmore Hall. He has also appeared at the Lewes Chamber Music Festival, Klosters Music Festival in Switzerland and the East Neuk Festival in Scotland. In 2018, Maxim toured the Netherlands as part of Trio Pantoum, which included a performance of Ravel’s Piano Trio broadcast live on Dutch radio from the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

Maxim is grateful to the Young Classical Artists Trust for their generous support in their aftercare scheme for BBC Young Musician finalists.

Maxim plays an Alberto Aloyisius Blanchi cello, dated 1906.

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Press reviews

[Maxim Calver] held the room with the elegance of his technique, overall sound and natural poeticism...I have no doubt we'll be hearing more of him in the coming years.

Charlotte Gardner, Strad Magazine, February 2020

The lasting impression from this performance was of a finely graded balance between the score’s Classical reserve and Romantic expression.

BBC Young Musician final, The Arts Desk, May 2018


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