Award winning 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, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Four, 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.


Throughout his young career Maxim has been invited to perform widely around the UK. His concerto highlights have included a performance Brahms Double Concerto in Cadogan Hall, London as well as appearances with the Orpheus Sinfonia, Bath Symphony Orchestra, Stockport Symphony Orchestra and Maidstone Symphony Orchestra performing concertos by Elgar, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations. Recital highlights have included performances at Norwich Assembly House, St. James’s Church Piccadilly, Southwold Arts Festival and Wimbledon International Festival, where his performance of Delius’ cello sonata was singled out for its ‘depth of tone and passionate intensity’ (Planet Hugill, 2014).


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 proud to be the Hargreaves and Ball Trust Scholar supported by a Herbert Howells & Thomas Fielden Scholarship. Maxim is also a Hattori Foundation Junior Award recipient. Throughout his studies he has participated in masterclasses with leading cellists including Steven Isserlis, Heinrich Schiff, Julian Lloyd Webber, Paul Katz and Guy Johnston.


Also a committed chamber musician, Maxim has performed in many leading venues including Wigmore Hall and St. John’s Smith Square. He has also appeared at the Lewes Chamber Music Festival, Klosters Music Festival and the East Neuk Festival, where he will be returning in 2020. 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. He has also released a CD of Schoenberg’s String Quartet no.1 recorded with fellow participants of the chamber music course, MusicWorks.


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


Maxim plays an Alberto Aloyisius Blanchi cello, dated 1906.

 © 2018 Maxim Calver