“Being a Young Scholar has honestly been breathtaking! Each experience has given me memories that people only dream about happening. Through the Lang Lang Music Foundation I have traveled so many places this year, and I have realized that people around the world long for the same thing – something that ties us all together. For me, this is music.”
Thirteen year old pianist Maxim Lando, a student at the Juilliard School (pre-college) is also an Artemisia Akademie Fellow at Yale University and a Lang Lang International Foundation Young Scholar Alumnus. Raised in his parent’s music school, Maxim showed a love for music at an early age. When he was six years, old he performed on the critically acclaimed Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players series in New York City. Maxim has been invited to return as a Guest Artist for the past seven seasons. In the past two years, Maxim’s solo and chamber concerts have brought him to concert halls in Spain, Italy, Germany, England, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Russia, China, Canada, and throughout the United States.
In 2015 Maxim was awarded First Prize (and the Golden Nutcracker) at the 16th International Television Contest for Young Musicians “Nutcracker” in Moscow, Russia. The final concert, held in Tchaikovsky Hall, was broadcast to millions of viewers on Russian TV Kultura. That same year he was awarded Second Prize at the Kissinger Klavier Olymp in Germany, and was subsequently featured on Bavarian Radio Klassik. In 2014 Maxim won First Prize in the Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance of the Schumann Piano Concerto with Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra at Lincoln Center.
Maxim has been featured performing and talking on CNN’s Best of Quest, NPR’s From The Top, Bavarian Radio, Russian TV-Kultura, CNC News, as well as television talk shows in Italy, Armenia, and Kazakhstan. He has performed together with Lang Lang on WQXR Radio “Live at the Greene Room” and on the 69th Anniversary United Nations Day Concert at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Maxim has performed concertos with the Russian National Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Alicante, Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra, North Shore Symphony Orchestra and the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra. Other recent notable performances include a concert at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, the AICGS Global Leadership Awards on Wall Street, an America’s Got Talent show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park in Chicago as part of the 2015 Grant Park Summer Classical Concert Series, and a concerto performance at Ravinia Festival with the Midwest Young Artists.
Upcoming engagements include solo concerts at the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing, China, and the International Music Festival in Dinard, France. This summer Maxim is also scheduled to perform Saint-Saens Second Piano Concerto with the Kazakh State Philharmonic in Almaty, Kazakhstan; Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the New York Wind Orchestra in New York City; and chamber music at the Kissinger Sommer Festival in Germany.
In 2014 Maxim was selected as one of twelve young pianists from around the world to participate in a program in Barcelona, Spain, where he performed and worked with Lang Lang in concert and masterclass. More recent awards include a fellowship to study at the prestigious Oxford Piano Festival in England; a full scholarship to attend Music Fest Perugia in Italy, where Maxim was featured on the Prodigy Concert at the Basilica di San Pietro; and a fellowship to attend Prof. Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy’s masterclass programs at the University for Music and Arts in Munich, and in Saarlouis, Germany.
Maxim performs for numerous youth organizations in his home state of New York, and has been featured over seventeen times at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. With an absolute passion for making music, he has embarked on a musical path where he dreams to spread the joy of classical music to as large and diverse an audience as possible. Maxim is a student of Hung-Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone. He has felt extremely honored to be a part of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation’s family for the past two years.