Max Ma

Max M.

New York, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I recently graduated from The Juilliard School with a BMA in Piano Performance, having studied with legendary pedagogue and Chair of Piano Dr. Veda Kaplinsky, and fabled concert pianist Hung-Kuan Chen, whose students also include the likes of Yuja Wang and Sean Chen. I've traveled the musical world and studied with several of the world's most celebrated concert pianists, including András Schiff, Richard Goode, Ari Vardi, and Sergei Babayan, mentor of international piano star Daniil Trifonov, as one of eight students worldwide accepted to his final Babayan International Piano Academy. I've performed with the Seattle Symphony amongst various other orchestras in Europe and China, and perform regularly as a soloist in the greater NYC area and Seattle at venues including Carnegie Hall. Since beginning my teaching career, I've looked forward to sharing my knowledge of music as an international language with students across all ages, in order to nurture their artistic talents and unique musical sense. Students will be able to perceive piano not only as a skill and genuinely enjoyable activity, but also as the most sincere and effective form of emotional expression and as a friend with whom cathartic conversation can be held. I will personally develop the sensitivity in their ears, their virtuosic capacity, methods to quickly learn music without wasting hours of time, their technical ability to manipulate the instrument in both color and tone, and most importantly, a profound, lifelong love for piano music.

About Max M.

Most recently, I was sponsored by Mr. Josef Frohlich of the Fresh Leaf Charitable Foundation as one of eight pianists worldwide to attend the prestigious Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland, summer of 2018. I was the sole American and Juilliard pianist to receive the honor, and was featured in spotlight performances broadcasted on major platforms like MediciTV, Idagio Streaming, and DakApp Studios.

Since 2019, I've been a core member of the Artemisia Foundation in New York, the result of a joint effort between the Yale School of Music and The Juilliard School. I serve as a Gifted Young Mentor offering private and master classes to the Artemisia Akademie's students at venues within the Juilliard School (Paul Hall, Morse Hall) and Yale University (Sprague Hall, Woolsey Hall), as a Director of Artemisia's 21st Century, Jazz, and Performance Program, and as a Yale Fellow that handles public relations, media and social media tasks for the Foundation. I hope to further my experience as a leader in musical society in New York, beyond the performance realm.

I am a graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City where I earned a BM in Piano Performance, and studied with the Susan W. Rose Chair of Piano Department, Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky and legendary concert pianist, Hung-Kuan Chen; my history with the institution dates back to Juilliard Pre-College, where I graduated as a Juilliard Merit 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 institute 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 in 19 years of musical experience off and on stage, playing at the highest caliber of competition in 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, have performed at prestigious venues such as Benaroya Hall, Alice Tully @ Lincoln Center, the Kauffman Center, Foundation LV in Paris, and Carnegie Hall, and have been admitted to Pre-College institutions at Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music.

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Deborah K.
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As a parent, I worried that my child wouldn’t receive a truly effective musical education that was tailored to suit his needs and goals. After studying with Max for two years, my twelve year old son has just started his first semester at the Mannes’ School of Music Pre-College Program this Fall. I cannot thank Max enough for his efforts. Before starting lessons with Max, my son had zero interest in piano despite his potential. Max made piano fun, interesting, and worthy of my son’s time. He became an entirely different person! He has studied with the world’s foremost concert pianists and teachers, and he always used his illustrious network to help my son with career opportunities. Though my son now studies in a formal setting, I’m grateful to Max for his help in securing my son’s future. If you are a parent who is unsure of who to entrust your child’s musical development to, please sign up for Max’s lessons. He is the real deal!

Posted Nov 23, 2019
Alex
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Max has been very helpful so far in teaching me the fundamentals of what makes a proficient piano player, from the technical aspects to the mentality one should have. Would Recommend.

Posted Nov 19, 2019
Leopold
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Max is a young man with a mature spirit far beyond his years. My wife and I heard him in concert where he gave a beautiful recital of Liszt and Beethoven Sonatas in our hometown of Berlin. I recently visited New York for a business trip, and took the opportunity to speak to this young man who captured my ears with his nearly philosophical performance. After a brief two hour lesson, it was clear to me that the artist had clear vision of a realm that most would disregard as imaginary. I look forward to hearing him again in Europe, and encourage those in New York to take advantage of his services. He will be a major influence on the future of classical music.

Posted Nov 13, 2019
Baptiste
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Engaging teacher who very much cares about his student. Generous with time, and intelligent enough to explain in the way that works best for the student. I trusted his qualification as an active concert pianist who has faced the pressures of a professional career, and so he only teaches what he knows will work through experience. Kudos!

Posted Nov 11, 2019
Ming L.
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I'm a late starter (62, recently retired physician) to the incredibly complex instrument, and I genuinely believed it was impossible to become proficient enough to enjoy the piano the way I envisioned. Having Mr. Ma as my mentor revealed an entire world of musical expression I did not realize existed. His ability to explain and execute surreal concepts is astounding, revealing musical secrets with comprehensive ease. I struggled to learn piano with previous mentors who treated the craft more as sport and exercise than art; Mr. Ma has re-instilled my passion for the arts, focusing on expression, color, and story-telling. His experience as a rising concert pianist on the world's foremost stages gives him perspective that the majority of mentors simply don't have. I would recommend him to any person who struggled to make progress or maintain interest with purely physical, repetitive tasks. I look forward to my lessons every week, and even recently decided to purchase a wonderful concert grand piano for myself to further explore the classical repertoire.

Posted Nov 11, 2019
Natasha
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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.

Posted Oct 10, 2018
Evan
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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.

Posted Sep 22, 2018
Tact & Kent
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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.

Posted May 28, 2018
Dave
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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!

Posted May 25, 2018
Seonmi
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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.

Posted Dec 7, 2017
Michael
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Very good teacher. Really nice guy

Posted Jan 15, 2017

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Experience

Gifted Young Mentor
Sep 2019 - Present

Artemisia Foundation

Director of 21st Century, Jazz, and Performance Program
Sep 2019 - Present

Artemisia Foundation

Yale Fellow
Sep 2019 - Present

Artemisia Foundation

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

Lakeside School

Keyboard Fundamentals
Jan 2016 - Present

The Juilliard School

Private Piano Mentor
Aug 2015 - Present

Freelance

Piano Teacher
Jun 2015 - Aug 2016

Aspen Music Festival and School

Education

Bachelor of Music
Sep 2015 - May 2019

The Juilliard School

Academy: Piano Programme
Jul 2018 - Aug 2018

Verbier Festival

Precollege
Sep 2013 - May 2015

The Juilliard School

Middle and High School
Sep 2008 - May 2015

The Lakeside School

Sergei Babayan International Piano Academy
Mar 2013 - Apr 2013

Cleveland Institute of Music

Languages

Chinese (Mandarin)

Professional Proficiency

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

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

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