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Max Beitan represents a new way of unique individual interpretation in the art of the cello. He is the winner of 5 Grand Prix awards and 15 international competitions. Max Beitan tours and performs extensively in Europe, the USA and Asia. 

His expression on the cello is synthesis of belcanto and a “speaking” technique. Listening to his collaboration with the instrument it seems to us that he sometimes sings and sometimes just speaks. Thanks to his energetic interpretations and a winning personality, his concerts leave a unique impression. 

When I heard Max’s performance, I was overwhelmed with positive emotions. Even at such young age he possesses the qualities of a great artists! The most beautiful part is that he retains astonishing technical skills and manages to combine those skills with his emotionality, passion, and creativity.
— Daniil Shafran

Legendary pianist Ivo Pogorelich offered him a synthesis of the highest pianistic goals transferred to playing the cello. Many years of collaboration have resulted in a unique approach of Max Beitan’s performances on the cello. Distinguished musicians such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andris Nelsons, Valery Gergiev and Heinz Holliger have admired his playing.

In addition to performing cello concertos, Mr. Beitan has a special interest in extending the cello repertoire by creating innovative programmes which include virtuosic transcriptions of Opera fantasies, Fritz Kreslers’s and Jascha Heifetz’s repertoires as well as film music and jazz. 

Max Beitan is a Latvian cellist born in Russia in 1986. His musical training was carried out in the Soviet school and with collaboration with cellists such as Johannes Goritzki and Natalia Gutman. He made his first international debut at the age of 8, performing cello concerto C-major by Haydn with the Kaunas Philharmonic Orchestra. 

I found Max Beitan a dedicated and gifted musician with a bright future. He is very determined and his determination will carry him far in life. I wish him all the best and every success in his future endeavours as a performing artist.
— Ivo Pogorelich

On the “New Names” program in Moscow, Daniil Shafran was highly impressed by his playing, which has resulted in many subsequent encounters. In 1996, at the age of 9, he already won his second Grand Prix at the Liezen International Cello Competition for Young Musicians. 

Since 2013 Max Beitan has been working with an Italian brand - Viva Audio – a manufacturer of unique sound reproduction and recording equipment. Viva Audio has provided the young musician with a 1698 cello made by David Tecchler.




Stradivari, Amati, Guarneri in Latvia 


Concertos with the orchestra

  1. A. Dvorak – Cello Concerto No.1 h moll op. 104
  2. R. Schumann – Cello Concerto a moll op.129
  3. C. Saint-Saens – Cello Concerto No.1 a moll op.33
  4. D. Shostakovich – Concerto No. 1 Es dur op.107; No.2 op.126
  5. P. Tchaikovsky – Variations on a Rococo Theme A dur op.33
  6. B. Orr – Carmen Fantasy (1985)
  7. E. Elgar – Cello Concerto e moll op.85
  8. S. Prokofiev – Sinfonia Concertante e mol op.125
  9. G. Kancheli – Simi “Joyless Thoughts” 1995
  10. C.P.E. Bach – Cello Concertos Wq. 170 – 172
  11. J. Haydn – Cello Concerto C dur Hob.VIIb:1; D dur Hob VIIb:2
  12. J. Tavener – “Svyati” for cello and choir (1995)

Cello solo

  1. J.S. Bach - Cello solo suites I-VI (BWV 107-112)
  2. Z. Kodaly – Sonata b moll for cello solo op.8
  3. G.F. Handel – Passacaglia (arr. Z. Dynov)
  4. B.Britten – Solo suite for cello No. 1
  5. G. Ligeti – Solo sonata for cello
  6. M. Reger – Solo suite No. 1
  7. P. Hindemith – Solo sonata for cello
  8. G.Cassado - Solo suite
  9. H.Holliger – Trema
  10. J. Tavener – Threnos (1990)

Sonatas for cello and piano

  1. L. van Beethoven – Sonata No. 3 A dur op. 69, No. 4 C dur & 5 D Dur op. 102
  2. F. Schubert – Sonata Arpeggione a moll D. 821
  3. J. Brahms – Sonata No. 1 e moll op. 38, No. 2 F Dur op. 99
  4. F. Mendelssohn – Sonata No. 2 D Dur op. 58
  5. S. Rachmaninoff – Sonata g moll op. 19
  6. D. Shostakovich – Sonata d moll op. 40
  7. C. Franck – Sonata A dur
  8. S. Prokofiev – Sonata C Dur op.119
  9. F. Chopin – Sonata g moll op. 65
  10. I. Stravinsky – Suite Italienne
  11. C. Debussy – Sonata, 1915
  12. E. Grieg – Sonata a moll
  13. P. Loccatelli – Sonata D Dur
  14. G. Valentini – Sonata E dur
  15. R. Schumann pieces: i. Adagio & Allegro op. 70 ii. 5 Stucke im Volkston op. 102 iii. Fantasiestucke op. 73

Pieces for cello and piano

  1. J.S. Bach – Various transcriptions
  2. A. Khachaturian – Heifetz – Sabre Dance
  3. N. Paganini – “Der Hexentanz”
  4. M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco – Heifetz – Figaro Fantasy
  5. M. Ravel - Habanera
  6. B. Orr - Carmen Fantasy
  7. G. Gershwin – Heifetz – Porgy & Bess
  8. A. Dvorak-Kreisler – Slavonic Fantasy, Slavonic Dance No.2
  9. A. Piazzolla – Le Grand Tango, Oblivion and others
  10. S. Rachmaninoff – Vocalise, Romance, Oriental dance and others
  11. E. Bloch – Nigun
  12. M. Bruch – Kol Nidrei
  13. G. Faure – Elegie
  14. J. Massenet - Elegie
  15. J. Brahms – Hungarian dances
  16. A. Glazunov – Chant du Menestrel
  17. C. W. Gluck - Melodie
  18. A. Dvorak – Polonaise
  19. F. Chopin – Various transcriptions
  20. P. Tchaikovsky – Pezzo Capricioso
  21. P. Tchaikovsky – Lensky Aria from Eugenie Onegin
  22. P. Tchaikovsky – Valse Sentementale
  23. P. Tchaikovsky – Nocturne
  24. A.Dvorak – Rondo
  25. E. Granados – Andaluza
  26. List of an old Russian romances


 Max Beitan with the Stradivari 1689 "Archinto" cello, Cremona

Max Beitan with the Stradivari 1689 "Archinto" cello, Cremona

Mr. Beitan is a founder of the INartINvest foundation which is aimed to bring artist and instrument together by encouraging philanthropists and investors to acquire the fines Italian instruments. To assist and promote young musicians, as well as renowned artists, with their careers by loaning them top- class instruments created by Antonio Stradivari, Guarneri del Gesu and other famous historical Italian violinmaker. 


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