About Max


Born in Rockville Maryland in 1993, Taiwanese American violinist Max Tan has been praised as “eloquent” by the New York Times and a “warmly rhapsodic player” by the Boston Globe. The recipient of numerous awards, most recently the 2019 Foote Prize from the Harvard Musical Association, Mr. Tan has been featured on WNYC/WQXR and Belgian radio Musiq3 and Canvas as a semifinalist in the 2019 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition. Appearing as soloist with many orchestras including the Juilliard Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Lowell Philharmonic, Longwood Symphony, Boston Philharmonic Youth, and Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestras, he has also performed on prominent stages in the United States and Europe as recitalist and chamber musician.


Mr. Tan’s 2019 summer season included chamber music performances at Sunset ChamberFest (Los Angeles), Music@Menlo, Universal Artists Festival (Boston), and additional concerts in Finland and Taiwan. Highlights of the 2019-2020 season include recital debuts and arts outreach in China (Shanghai, Tianjin) as well as additional chamber music projects focusing on a study of the Brahms literature and French music of Faure, Saint-Saens, and Chausson (Sarasota and New York City). Mr. Tan also appears at his alma mater to solo with the Harvard Bach Society Orchestra (Boston).


With diverse interests including arts advocacy and global citizenship, he is on the rosters for the Si-Yo Music Foundation, the Center for Musical Excellent, and Music for Food. Mr. Tan is also a co-founder of the Versoi Ensemble, which aims to explore arts diplomacy through chamber music performances. A Harvard graduate with a major in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology and a minor in Music, Mr. Tan is faculty assistant to Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School where he received both his Masters of Music and Artist Diploma degrees, and is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Music as a Celia Ascher Doctoral Fellow.


Mr. Tan performs on the 1692 “Avery Fisher” Stradivarius on generous loan from The Juilliard School.

Current as of September 2019.