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.


I hear an Italian voice
— Riccardo Muti on his interpretation of Vocalise by Serge Rachmaninoff

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.

Beitan's signature piece is the Carmen Fantasy by Buxton Orr. He has a special interest in extending his repertoire: he made himself virtuosistic transcriptions of Opera fantasies, Fritz Kreisler's and Jascha Heifetz's music, as well as film music that he often presents in his concert programs.

Impressive and memorable deep performance!
— Vladimir Ashkenazy after listening his performance of Shostakovich Cello concerto No.1


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

The legendary pianist Ivo Pogorelich gave him priceless musical skills and knowledge. Many years of collaboration have resulted in a unique approach of Max's performances on the cello.

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” contest in Moscow, Daniil Shafran, that was highly impressed by his playing,offered a course of study with him, 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.

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

Max Beitan is regularly invited as a soloist with orchestras such as The Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Sinfonietta Riga, Saint Petersburg State Academic Cappella, Swiss Chamber Orchestra, The Latvian National Opera Orchestra, The Latvian National Opera Choir, Dresdner Philharmonie, Evian Festival Orchestra, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra. Max Beitan has appeared in concert with a conductors such as Rafael Frühbeck, Nicholas Milton, Alexander Vilumanis, Normunds Sne, Aigars Merijs-Meri, Andris Vecumnieks, Rimas Geniusas, Laurence Dale, Vladislav Chernushenko

He had the honour to meet and to play for such a world renowned musicians as Riccardo Muti, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andris Nelsons, Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov and Heinz Holliger who had admired his talent and his personality.

Max Beitan is playing on a Giovanni Rota and Antonio Stradivari cellos kindly offered by Fine Violins Vienna.




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.