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Max Welford


Max Welford is a London based clarinettist with a wide-ranging career which includes performances as a soloist, chamber musician, in orchestras, West End theatres and on recordings.

He has appeared in recital at the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, St. James’ Piccadilly, St. Martin in the Fields, and the National Portrait Gallery, and his playing has been described in the press as ‘oozing class’ (The Guardian), having ‘real dynamism and cohesion’ (The Times), and ‘almost beyond belief in its supremely confident accomplishment’ (Classical Source).

As a chamber musician Max has enjoyed regular partnerships with ensembles such as the London Chamber Collective, and the Ruisi, Artesian and Castalian String Quartets, and singers including Nicky Spence, Caroline Macphie and Joanna Skillett. He is in high demand as a performer of contemporary music, and has given premieres across the world, including in Berlin, Singapore, New York, and on BBC Radio 3 - working with composers including Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Mark Anthony Turnage and Colin Matthews. Off the concert platform, Max regularly performs in West End shows, and can be heard on numerous film and TV soundtracks and pop albums.

Max studied in London at the Royal Academy of Music with Andrew Marriner and Mark van de Wiel, and in Berlin with Wenzel Fuchs. He received further training as a student on the LSO and London Sinfonietta Academies, and after his graduation in 2012, he was represented by the Park Lane Group and the Concordia Foundation.

Last updated: Jul 2019