Maxim Calver

Cello - 2018 Finalist

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British cellist Maxim Calver made his concerto debut with the CBSO in Symphony Hall, Birmingham as part of the Grand Final of BBC Young Musician 2018. He has performed in major venues throughout the UK and Europe, including Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and BOZAR (Brussels). In September he takes up a scholarship at the Royal College of Music.

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 4, was praised for its ‘natural ease’ and ‘emotional lyricism’. Earlier in the competition he won the Strings Category Final performing works by Lutoslawski, Brahms and Stravinsky.

Highlights this season include a performance of Brahms’ Double Concerto in Cadogan Hall, London with Tianyou Ma (finalist of the International Menuhin Violin Competition 2018) and recitals throughout the UK and Guernsey. Maxim has also performed at many prestigious venues including Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and BOZAR (Brussels). Festival appearances include the Gstaad Menuhin Festival in Switzerland, Southwold Arts Festival and the 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 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 was previously a pupil at the Yehudi Menuhin School where he studied with Thomas Carroll for ten years. 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, in 2018 Maxim toured the Netherlands as part of Trio Pantoum, appearing at venues in The Hague, Ede and Amsterdam. Their performance of Ravel’s Piano Trio was broadcast live from the Concertgebouw on Dutch Radio. Maxim has released a CD of Schoenberg’s String Quartet No.1, recorded with fellow participants of the chamber music course ‘MusicWorks’, with whom he was invited to perform the work at the Lewes Chamber Music Festival.

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 Aloysius Blanchi cello, dated 1906.


Press reviews

“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

“[Maxim Calver] played with a depth of tone and passionate intensity which speaks for a remarkable career. ”

Yehudi Menuhin School at Wimbledon Festival, Planet Hugill, November 2014
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