Violinist Maxwell Brown (age 12) is a student of Brian Lewis (Austin, TX) and Timothy Schwarz (Philadelphia, PA), and studied previously with Shelley Beard Santore (Lansdowne, PA). He is a concertmaster candidate for the Delaware Youth Symphony Orchestra directed by Simeone Tartaglione. Max has been honored to perform as a soloist with orchestras including the Rowan Strings Ensemble, Ambler Symphony, IYACC, MYAC, and DYSO. He has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Juilliard’s Paul Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and the Kimmel Center, and at institutes including Heifetz, the Ithaca College Preludio Program, and Northwestern University’s Bienen Institute.
In 2022-23, Max was the Overall Winner of the Walgreens National Concerto Competition Junior Open Division, second place winner of the International Lowell Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition, a semifinalist for the International Young Artists Concerto Competition, winner of the MTNA junior division for his state, and winner of the Warminster Concerto Competition Children’s Division. For his age group, he won the Bellagrande, Camerata, and France Music competitions, among others. With the Giro Quartet, he won the PMTA chamber music competition. Max was honored to receive the Coastal Concerts, Frankel, Glotzer, and Menges awards. He was honored to be selected as one of two student artists for ASTA precollegiate strings and eclectic styles masterclasses and as the student performer for the ASTA Board Meeting, as well as selected as one of 12 student artists for the 2023 Juilliard Starling-DeLay Symposium.
An avid fiddler, Max has won numerous youth and adult contests, and is the current youth champion of the world’s oldest and largest fiddlers convention at Galax, VA, where he has placed 2nd in the adult contest. He has shared the stage with renowned artists including Del McCoury and David Grisman, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters, Trout Fishing in America, the Steep Canyon Rangers, and The Beach Boys.
For more about Max, visit http://www.swellstrings.com or YouTube @swellstrings