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 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.
Throughout his young career Maxim has performed in many prestigious venues, including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and Royal Festival Hall. His Concerto highlights have included Brahms' Double Concerto with Tianyou Ma, finalist of the International Menuhin Violin Competition 2018, as well as multiple performances across the UK of Elgar's Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations. His solo recitals include appearances at St. James, Piccadilly, Wethersfield Chamber Concert Series, 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). Upcoming highlights include recitals at Woburn Festival and Norwich Assembly House as well as multiple performances of Shostakovich's Cello Concerto no.1. For more information, view his upcoming performances here.
Originally from Gorleston-on-Sea in Norfolk, Maxim 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 very grateful to be a Hattori Foundation Junior Award recipient. Previous to his studies at the RCM, Maxim was a pupil at the Yehudi Menuhin School where he studied with Thomas Carroll for ten years. He has also participated in masterclasses with some of the worlds 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, Amsterdam 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.