Maximilian Haberstock Biography

Maximilian Haberstock (2004) is a fifteen-year-old pianist, composer, and conductor from Munich, who is in tenth 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 the Lang Lang International Music Foundation and Allianz as one of the top ten young talents from around the world to participate in a master class with Lang Lang in Warsaw that was broadcast live internationally. In September 2017, Lang Lang and Maximilian performed together, by invitation of Allianz, at the summer event of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at Schloss Bellevue in 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, besides performing in masterclasses with world-renowned pianists such as Prof. Sergei Babayan and Prof. Michel Béroff, he also gave a solo recital and chamber music performances. In 2019 he was invited back to this prestigious festival as a Junior Conducting Fellow under the mentorship of Maestro Valery Gergiev.

Besides piano, Maximilian has been studying conducting 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. Conducting the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra through the rehearsals of Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 was one of the highlights of 2019.

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. They are proud to be able to send twenty-nine refugee children to school with the money they raised in their last concert.

Maximilian was the youngest speaker at TEDxYouth@München 2019, where he received a standing ovation for his talk “Finding Stories in Classical Music”.

Maximilian is a scholar of the foundation “Young Musicians on World Stages”, created and mentored by Güher & Süher Pekinel, with the financial support of Tüpraş. He is also a recipient of Carl-Heinz Illies-Scholarship of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben for 2019/2020.

Maximilian is grateful for the support of his teachers: Maja and Vladimir Vasilski, for their tireless contribution to his piano skills and for all the artistic inspiration over the years; Hanna Zimmermann for accompanying him during intense practice sessions; Won-Ock Kim for providing him with knowledge of music theory; and Hans Peter Pairott, for giving him the opportunity to conduct the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Music School of the city of Munich and to play his first piano concerto with the Symphony Orchestra.

In particular, he would like to thank his professors at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich: Prof. Thomas Böckheler for holding him to higher standards and bringing him up to the next level in his piano playing; Prof. Kay Westermann for making a passionate and dedicated composer out of him; and Prof. Ulrich Nicolai for recognizing his potential and admitting him into his conducting class.

Competitions & Awards Piano, Composition & Conducting

Awards in Piano, Composition & Conducting

  • Selected by Güher & Süher Pekinel as a scholar of “Young Musicians on World Stages” for 2019/2020
  • Carl-Heinz Illies-Scholarship of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben for 2019/2020
  • Accepted as Student-in-Residence in conducting at the Verbier Festival 2019
  • Accepted as Student-in-Residence in piano at the 25th Verbier Festival 2018
  • Youngest participant in the Stars & Rising Stars Festival 2018 (Munich)
  • 1st prize, Jugend musiziert 2017 solo piano, regional, federal state, and national level
  • Youngest participant in the 28th Orchestral Workshop for Young Composers 2017 (Halberstadt)
  • 1st prize, International Piano & Strings Competition 2017 (New York), solo piano
  • Accepted for the Lang Lang Masterclass 2016 (Warsaw)
  • 2nd prize, Young People’s Composition Competition 2016 University of Music and Performing Arts Munich
  • 1st prize, Jugend musiziert 2015 piano four hands with partner Lisa Marie Großerichter, regional and federal state level
  • 1st prize, Carl Bechstein Competition 2014 (Berlin) piano four hands with partner Lisa Marie Großerichter plus Special Prize for the best interpretation of a contemporary piece
  • Accepted into the SVA program (higher music education preparatory program) of the Städtische Sing- und Musikschule (Music school of the city of Munich), majoring in piano and minoring in conducting (July 2014)
  • 1st prize, Jugend musiziert 2014 solo piano, regional level

Masterclasses Piano, Composition & Conducting

Masterclasses Piano

  • Prof. Boris Petrushansky (February and October 2019, Düsseldorf) Anton Rubinstein Musikakademie
  • Prof. Tatiana Malinin-Fedkina (October 2018, March 2019) International Malinin-Piano-Center Kassel
  • Prof. Sergei Babayan (August 2018) Verbier Festival
  • Prof. Michel Béroff (July 2018) Verbier Festival
  • Prof. Richard Goode (July 2018) Verbier Festival
  • Prof. Boris Petrushansky (July 2017) Imola Piano Academy
  • Lang Lang & Allianz Junior Music Camp (November 2016) Chopin Institute und Teatr Polski
  • Prof. Andreas Weber (July 2016) Mozarteum, Summer Academy
  • Prof. Wolfgang Manz (July 2015) University of Music and Performing Arts Nuremberg

Masterclasses Chamber Music

  • Prof. Gábor Takács-Nagy (August 2018) Verbier Festival 
  • Prof. András Keller (July 2018) Verbier Festival

Masterclasses Composition

  • 28th Orchestral Workshop for Young Composers 2017 (May 2017) Nordharzer Städtebundtheater Halberstadt
  • Prof. Georg Friedrich Haas (July 2016) Mozarteum, Summer Academy
  • Prof. Jan Müller-Wieland (July 2016) University of Music and Performing Arts Munich

Masterclasses Conducting

  • James Gaffigan (July 2019) Verbier Festival
  • Prof. Marco Boni (July 2017) Imola Piano Academy