BIO

Violinist Max Zorin has engaged audiences and critics worldwide with his uniquely diverse repertoire and style, spanning well beyond the standard classical canon into jazz, theatre, and pop. 

In recent seasons, Max has appeared with the Williamsport Symphony, Saint Petersburg State Orchestra, Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra and San Jose Youth Symphony. Previous engagements brought Max to Europe, China, Israel, Brazil, Argentina, Russia and United States. Max was featured in venues such as Tchaikovsky Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Tel Aviv University, and in festivals such as the Granada International Music Festival, Summit Music Festival and Aspen Music Festival.

Max’s 2008 debut album French Touch, a collection of 20th century French works for violin and piano, was praised as “simply magnificent” by Strings Magazine and earned him a Gold Medal and Emerging Artist recognition from the Global Music Awards. In 2015, Max released his first music video, a fresh jazz quartet arrangement of the well-loved standard Mack The Knife, which is part of his latest album.

A fervent proponent of new music and artistic collaboration, Max has previously joined forces with a range of performers, both inside and outside the classical realm, including Maxim Vengerov, Itamar Golan, jazz violinist Didier Lockwood, rock guitarist Rik Emmett, and the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet.

Max is associate professor of violin at Penn State University; he regularly presents master classes at various institutions including London’s Royal Academy of Music and the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, Greece. He also serves as co-artistic director of Recontres Musicales Internationales des Graves, a Bordeaux-based new music festival which annually hosts 120 international participants for a summer of musical and cultural partnership. 

Born in Israel into a Russian family of professional musicians, Max began studying the violin at the age of five with his father. His family moved to France when he was six and he gave his first performances when he was eight years old. At age 17 he won First Prize at the Corpus Christi International Competition (USA) and moved to the US. He studied with Dorothy De Lay, Naoko Tanaka, Peter Oundjian, Ani Kavafian and Philip Setzer (of the Emerson String Quartet), and subsequently earned degrees from the Juilliard School, Yale University, and Stony Brook University.

Max performs on a violin crafted by J.B. Vuillaume (Paris ~1860) and a bow by Edwin Clement (Paris, 2011).