Maximilian Haberstock is a fourteen-year-old pianist, composer, and conductor from Munich, who is in ninth grade at the humanistic Wilhelmsgymnasium.
Maximilian has been studying piano since the age of six. He has consistently won first prizes in many piano competitions, including “Jugend musiziert” and the Carl Bechstein Competition. As a first prize winner at Bundeswettbewerb 2017, he was invited to perform at the Philharmonic Hall in Munich. Internationally, he performed at Carnegie Hall in New York in April 2017.
In November 2016, he was chosen by Lang Lang as one of the top ten young talents from around the world to perform with him in Warsaw in a master class that was broadcast live internationally. In September 2017, Lang Lang and Maximilian performed a whole concert together at the invitation of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at Schloss Bellevue, Berlin.
His performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Symphony Orchestra of the Music School of the city of Munich, under the baton of Hans Peter Pairott, in March 2018, caught the attention of many classical music lovers and was followed by a successful tour at home in Germany and abroad.
Maximilian was the youngest musician in the Stars and Rising Stars Festival 2018, performing with David Fray and Maxim Lando. He has been invited to take part in the same festival in 2019, this time not only as a pianist but also as a conductor.
In Summer 2018, he was accepted as Student-in-Residence in piano at the 25th Verbier Festival, where he had the privilege of attending master classes of world-famous musicians, such as Prof. Sergei Babayan, and of giving a solo recital and chamber music performances.
Besides piano, Maximilian has been studying conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich for the past three years and has been invited by Mariss Jansons to attend the rehearsals of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in order to further his studies.
He appeared in public as a conductor for the first time in February 2017, directing the Youth Symphony Orchestra in a performance of George Bizet’s L’Arlésienne Suite No. 2 at the Carl Orff Hall in Munich. In July 2018, he conducted the same orchestra in the overture to the opera Alfonso und Estrella by Franz Schubert.
Since 2015, Maximilian has also been studying composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich. He has won prizes with his compositions and in July 2016 was admitted into the Summer Academy of the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In May 2017, he was the youngest participant ever at the 28th Orchestral Workshop in Halberstadt with his Symphonic Suite Naturgewalten.
In the spring of 2017, Maximilian founded Young Musicians Live with his sister Ayla Sophie. YML is a non-profit project in which the siblings are joined by their musician friends to share the joy of classical music by performing for a variety of audiences, including disadvantaged children and the elderly.