Recorder player, harpsichordist, and ensemble leader Max Volbers is one of the most versatile young musicians in the field of early music. Wholly in keeping with the sound worlds of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when it was a given that musicians would master several instruments, as a multi-instrumentalist he illuminates the repertoire of early music from a great variety of perspectives.
Particularly important to him is the exploration of new repertoire, whether through paraphrases, pasticcios, or transcriptions. He also devotes himself frequently to contemporary music and regularly collaborates with composers on commissioned works.
He studied at the Mozarteum University Salzburg with Dorothee Oberlinger, Walter van Hauwe, Reinhard Goebel, and Florian Birsak. As a prizewinner of the German Music Competition, among others, he is a frequent guest at the Verbier Festival, the Heidelberg Spring International Music Festival, the Sanssouci Music Festival, the Beethovenfest Bonn, and the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music.
Holding the deep conviction that early music should not be reserved exclusively for the original sound movement, he performs with ensembles such as La Cetra and the Capricornus Consort as well as with such "modern" orchestras as the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, and Musikkollegium Winterthur.
As a conductor, he has worked with ensembles including the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and soloists such as Olivia Vermeulen. In addition to his concert career, Volbers teaches at the Mozarteum University Salzburg, the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, and in a number of masterclasses. He has received major support from the German Foundation of Musical Life, the Ernsting Foundation, and the Cordes Foundation.
Picture: Theresa Pewal
The Artist's Homepage: https://maxvolbers.de
Whispers of Tradition
(re)inventions for recorder by and after Bach, Dieupart, Monteverdi, Palestrina, Purcell, Sakellaridis, Schein and Vivaldi
Max Volbers, Recorder - Gäste / Guest Artists