Max Volbers | © Felix Groteloh

Maximilian Volbers


Senior Lecturer / Deputy Head of Mozart:ForumDepartment Early Music

As a recorder player, harpsichordist and increasingly also as an ensemble leader, Max Volbers is one of the most versatile young musicians in the field of early music. In the spirit of the sound worlds of the 17th and 18th centuries, in which musicians naturally mastered several instruments, he illuminates the repertoire of early music from very different perspectives as a multi-instrumentalist. He also devotes himself time and again to new music and regularly works with composers on commissioned compositions. In addition to his concert activities, Max teaches at the Mozarteum University Salzburg and at various masterclasses.

Max Volbers 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 welcome guest at the Verbier Festival, the Heidelberger Frühling, the Sanssouci Music Festival, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, the Ludwigsburg Castle Festival and the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. Deeply convinced that early music should not be the exclusive preserve of the original sound movement, he plays with ensembles such as Concerto Köln, La Cetra and the Concentus Musicus Wien as well as with "modern" orchestras such as the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the NDR Radiophilharmonie and the Musikkollegium Winterthur.

He has performed in major concert halls such as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Elbphilharmonie, the KKL Luzern, the Casa da Musica Porto, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Konserthuset Stockholm, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Philharmonie de Paris and the MÜPA Budapest.

He has received major support from the German Foundation for Musical Life, the Ernsting Foundation and the GWK Münster (Music Promotion Prize 2013 and GWK Cordes Scholarship). After numerous radio productions, his debut CD "Whispers of Tradition" was released by GENUIN in October 2022, which was enthusiastically received by the specialist press. For this CD, he was awarded the OPUS KLASSIK 2023 in the "Young Artists" category.