Max Grimm

All prize winners
EMCY Prize
Nationality: German
Instrument: Piano
Date of birth 2005/09/22

Max started playing the piano at the age of 5. Since 2016 he has been attending the music branch of the Landesgymnasium Latina “August Hermann Francke” in Halle, Germany and is majoring in piano with Prof. Ragna Schirmer. In addition, he has been a young student in the young talent development class at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig with Prof. Markus Tomas since 2021. He has taken part in master classes with Konrad Elser and Elisabeth Leonskaja, among others.

Max is a multiple prize winner at the “Jugend musiziert” both as a soloist and in various chamber music ensembles. In 2023 he won first prize in the categories piano solo and new music at the national level. Max also took part in piano competitions outside Germany. In 2023 he won first prize in the highest category and the EMCY Prize at the Brin d’ herbe International Youth Piano Competition in Orléans, combined with an invitation to the Festival des Jeunes Talents in Cannes.

In 2020 Max was a scholarship holder of the MozartLabor as part of the Mozartfest Würzburg and received a music scholarship from the Hans and Eugenia Jütting Foundation Stendal in 2022. Max performs as a soloist as well as an ensemble musician in various formations. In 2022 he played Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion at the Forum Klavier in the Liebfrauen concert hall in Wernigerode. There he debuted with the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Wernigerode in Mozart’s Concerto for Three Pianos and Orchestra KV 242 and J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Four Pianos and Orchestra BWV 1065.

In addition to his piano playing, Max enjoys composing. He receives additional inspiration in composition lessons at the Latina August Hermann Francke with Dr. Franz Kaern-Biederstedt. With his orchestral piece “mouvement de l`eau” he was a prize-winner at the MDR music competition “Händel-Experiment” 2018. In 2021 he received a prize at the nationwide competition Jugend komponiert. In connection with his compositional activities, Max is particularly fascinated by orchestral music as well as its possibilities of interpretation through conducting. In order to expand his musical knowledge in this area, he has been studying conducting with Alexander Stessin, also at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig, since 2022.

Max Grimm website is: https://www.max-grimm-piano.de/

If you are interested in working with Max, please get in touch with the EMCY Office.



J.S. Bach, WTK II prelude and fugue in a-minor BWV 889
J.S. Bach, Toccata in c-minor BWV 911
L.v. Beethoven, Sonata for piano in Eb-major Op.31 No.3
L.v. Beethoven, Sonata for piano in C-major “Waldstein” Op. 53 (first movement)
L.v. Beethoven, 32 variations on a own theme in c-minor WoO 80
P. Boulez, Douze notations pour piano (1945)
J. Brahms, Sonata for piano in f-minor Op.5
F. Chopin, Etude in c-minor Op.25 No.12
C. Debussy, Deux Arabesques
M. Grimm, …memory… for piano and electric delivery
L. Nono, ….sofferte onde serene… for piano and magnetic tape
G. Pesson, “Plis d´une phrase rêvée sans fin” from “Dans la prose du monde“
R. Schumann, “Aufschwung” from “Phantasiestücke“ Op.12

With piano

D. Milhaud, Scaramouche suite for two pianos

Chamber music

B. Bartók, Sonata for two pianos and percussion Sz.110
L.v. Beethoven, Trio for piano, violin and cello in c-minor Op.1 No.3
L.v. Beethoven, Sonata for piano cello in g-minor Op.5 No.2 (first and second movement)
S. Rachmaninoff, Sonata for piano and cello Op. 19 (third movement)
D. Shostakovitch, Sonata for piano and cello in d-minor Op.40

With orchestra

J.S. Bach, Concert for four pianos in a-minor BWV 1065
B. Bartók, Concert fort wo pianos, percussion and orchestra Sz.110
W.A. Mozart, Concert for three pianos in F-major KV 242


Mozart: Concerto for 3 Pianos and Orchestra K. 242 (Ragna Schirmer, Max Grimm, Jakob Hilpert)
J. S. Bach: Concerto for 4 Harpsichords BWV 1065 (Grimm, Hilpert, Lehmer, Zeh)

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