Praised as "eloquent" by the New York Times and "warmly rhapsodic" by the Boston Globe, Taiwanese American violinist Max Tan has been featured on WNYC/WQXR and Belgian radio Musiq3 and Canvas as a semifinalist in the 2019 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition. He is the recipient of the Arthur Foote Prize from the Harvard Musical Association and an alumnus of the Sylff Fellows Program and the Kovner Fellowship. Appearing as soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra amongst others, he has also performed solo recitals and chamber music throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. His numerous festival appearances include Music@Menlo, Ravinia Steans Music Institute, YellowBarn, Avaloch Farms, The Perlman Music Program, Four Seasons Chamber Workshop, and many others. During the pandemic, Max worked to support several organizations that connected musicians with isolated audiences and recovering Covid-19 patients in isolation, such as DOROT, Project Music Heals Us, and Virtual Bedside Concerts. He curates his own livestream program on Groupmuse called "Max Tan and Friends," which is now in its second season.
This season, Max returns to in-person performances with a recitals presented by the Perlman Music Program Suncoast, Saint Boniface Friends of Music, as well as by Sarasota Artist Series Concerts. He will make a concerto appearance with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic with Bruch's Scottish Fantasy in April 2022. With diverse interests in arts advocacy and global citizenship, Max is on the roster of the Si-Yo Music Foundation, a co-founder of the Versoi Ensemble, and recently joined the board of MuseConnect. He just recording his debut CD at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall featuring unpublished and never-before-recorded arrangements by Ysaÿe for violin, piano, and organ.
Max is faculty assistant to violin professor Catherine Cho and teaching fellow to music history faculty member Dr. Elizabeth Weinfield at The Juilliard School, where he is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Music Arts. He received his Artist Diploma and Master of Music degree from Juilliard. An alumnus of Harvard College, he received his Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology and a secondary in Music. This past summer, Max joined the Perlman Music Program as chamber music artist faculty, assisting his mentor Merry Peckham.