Max Ma

Max M.

New York, NY

Lesson Details



Max delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6 to 80 and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2013

Most recently, I was selected as one of eight pianists worldwide across all age divisions to attend The Verbier Festival's Artist Training Program in Switzerland, summer of 2018. I was the only American pianist to receive the honor this year.

I am currently a second-year undergraduate student at The Juilliard School in New York City, where I study with the Susan W. Rose Chair of Piano Department, Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky and Hung-Kuan Chen; my history with the institution dates back to Juilliard Pre-College, where I graduated as a Juilliard Scholarship recipient. In addition to my formal musical education in classical piano, I'm also a graduate of the Lakeside School in Seattle, a highly selective, college preparatory school offering a rigorous academic program; notable alumni include Bill Gates, Paul Allen and the McCaw brothers. I am well-versed and fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese.

I am well accustomed to working with young children, adolescents and teenagers along with the elderly in retirement homes, and hope to nurture and instill in each of my students a genuine, individualized passion for music, along with imparting to each student all the knowledge I've attained over 15 years of musical experience off and on stage, playing at the world's most acclaimed venues and studying with some of the world's most sought after pedagogues. Furthermore, my goal is to accelerate the learning curve and to bestow all I know as quickly as possible, not wasting time on useless irrelevancies. I've taught many years privately in the greater Seattle area, as a private teacher at the Aspen Music Festival and as a private teacher serving the NYC area since 2015. My students have won regional and international competitions for young people, and have performed at prestigious venues such as Benaroya Hall, Alice Tully @ Lincoln Center, the Kauffman Center, Foundation LV in Paris, and Carnegie Hall.

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Guest Lecturer / Guest Conductor / Keyboard skills instructor
Jul 2017 - Present
Lakeside School

Keyboard Fundamentals
Jan 2016 - Present
The Juilliard School

Piano Teacher
Jun 2015 - Aug 2016
Aspen Music Festival and School


Bachelor of Music
Sep 2015 - Present
The Juilliard School
Academy: Piano Programme
Jul 2018 - Aug 2018
Verbier Festival
Sep 2013 - May 2015
The Juilliard School
Middle and High School
Sep 2008 - May 2015
The Lakeside School


Chinese (Mandarin)
Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


One of Eight Selected Students Worldwide
Mar 2018
The Verbier Festival
Full Merit Scholarship Recipient
Jan 2015
The Juilliard School
First Prize
Aug 2014
New York International Piano Competition
One of Eight Selected Students Worldwide
Apr 2014
Sergei Babayan International Piano Academy
Second Prize
Mar 2014
Chopin International Competition Hartford

Photos & Videos

Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82 Mvt. IV 'Vivace' by Sergei Prokofiev (performed by Max Ma)
Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23 by Frederic Chopin (performed by Max Ma)
Performance with Jean-Claude Thibaudet, acclaimed French pianist

Performing at prestigious Sergei Babayan International Academy (final installation of the Academy, 2013).
Orchestral Debut with Seattle Symphony
Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 10 "Octave Etude"
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6 Reviews

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Natasha Oct 10, 2018
Classical Piano · Online

Max is an amazing instructor and I would recommend him to anyone who is looking to seriously learn and enjoy the piano. Before I began my lessons with Max, I was stuck on the same piece for two months, there was very little progress being made. I had a total of two lessons with Max and now I'm able to comfortably play the piece from memory. I cannot stress enough how beneficial he was in my huge progress jump. I look forward to every lesson knowing I'm going to learn and be exposed to something new every time. I've always wanted to learn how to play the piano, but I thought I was too old now to even try. I'm so thankful that I took the leap anyway and started this amazing journey of learning the piano and I couldn't of asked for a better guide than Max on this journey.

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Evan Sep 22, 2018
Piano · In studio

It’s very involved with you as a student. It’s also very apparent that he loves teaching his students. This makes his teaching very effective.

Tact & Kent May 28, 2018
Classical Piano · In studio

He is a very promising Juilliard student.
His teaching reflects being educated by the world’s most sought after classical piano mentors.
What he teaches is unorthodox and complex in nature, but he teaches and demonstrates effectively in an easily comprehensive manner.
I believe that learning his skills will have a tremendous impact on my child’s future in both music and life.
I strongly recommend him to anyone who cannot be satisfied with other instructors.
PS: He works well to encourage and nurture youth, as my sons are 6 and 9 years old.

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Dave May 25, 2018
Classical Piano · In studio

Max is my favorite private teacher I have ever had since I started learning piano couple years ago. He is a very talented and positive person who has been encouraging me to play the way I am. He believes the best way to be good at playing piano is to enjoy it and trust yourself that going for what you feel like it is about in the piece. Recently, we had tight lessons to prepare my coming aidition for Brookly College’s music program. I really appriciated all the help and support from Max. He is always making sure that he covers the lesson that he wants to go over with that day. I just passed my audition two days ago and got into the program I wanted to. I can’t thank him enough for all the guidence from his class. Max is a very good instrutor that coaches his students to have more passion and belifs in the music field. I love the way he teaches and really appreciated my boyfriend who helped me found such a great teacher!

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Seonmi Dec 7, 2017
Classical Piano · In studio

Max is the most amazing teacher I’ve ever met. And I teach for a living. I am 45 years old. I got piano lessons when I was an elementary and junior high school student for approximately 4 years. Although I liked playing piano, I’d thought that I didn’t have enough talent, in terms of technical skill and emotional expression. In my first lesson, Max taught me how to use my wrist and elbow to make lighter sounds, as well as how to practice in a certain way in order to produce crystal clear sounds for trills and in faster parts, by making a proper space between notes. I never before understood these points and others, despite teaching by others. More importantly, he helped me to be confident in expressing my emotion in my playing. I realized that practicing piano is such a delightful process to be connected to my life memories and to liberate all my emotion attached to them. This is like a therapeutic process. His teaching makes my life more artistic and meaningful. I really appreciate his deep passion for teaching. It is clearly his mission. He is a true teacher, who wants to help people grow as artists in their own right. I just wish that I met him earlier. But I am glad that it is not late for me.

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Michael Jan 15, 2017
Piano · In studio

Very good teacher. Really nice guy

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