BIOGRAPHY

Maximilian Otto was born in Chemnitz in 1998. He was a student at the "Sächsisches Landesgymnasium für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden", in the major subjects piano and double bass and in the minor subject composition. He completed his bachelor’s degree in orchestra conducting at the "Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden" with Prof. Ekkehard Klemm and Prof. Steffen Leißner in 2022 with top grade. Since October 2022 he has been continuing his master's degree in orchestral conducting at the "Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar" with Prof. Nicolás Pasquet and Prof. Ekhart Wycik. At the beginning of the 2023/2024 season he will be 2. Kapellmeister at Die Theater Chemnitz.

Maximilian Otto is a prizewinner of the 11th conducting competition of the central German music academies, in which he conducted his own world premiere with the MDR Symphony Orchestra in the prizewinners' concert. He has also been a scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) since 2019. He has already worked with orchestras such as the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Jenaer Philharmonie, the Sinfonietta Dresden, the Staatsoperetta Dresden, the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau, the Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen and the Filharmonie Hradec Kralové. He has worked for certain productions as a musical assistant and/or répétiteur at the Gaechinger Cantorey (Haydn's "Creation"), at the Landesbühnen Sachsen (Marschner's "Vampyr"), the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar (Strauss' "Ariadne") and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin (a children's opera production of Wagner's "Lohengrin"). He attended master classes with Jean-Philippe Wurtz, Omer-Meir Wellber, Johannes Pell, Ole Kristian Ruud and Christian Thielemann, among others. At the invitation of Christian Thielemann, he conducted the Staatskapelle Dresden in 2022 as part of the Salzburg Festival in a master class with him.

Maximilian Otto's compositional work has received several awards. For example, he received an award at the student composition competition of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011, ten federal prizes at the federal competition "Youth composes" and the Bialas Promotional Prize of the GEMA Foundation in 2018. In 2019 his orchestration of Contrapunctus I from J. S. Bach's "The Art of Fugue" was premiered in the Thomaskirche Leipzig by the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under the direction of Omer Meir Wellber. Another performance of this work was planned for 2020 in the 9th symphony concert of the Staatskapelle Dresden, which was canceled due to the corona pandemic. In September 2021 he received an artist scholarship at Schloss Wiepersdorf.

His pianistic successes include several first prizes at the Görlitz/Zgorcelec International Piano Competition in the solo piano and chamber music categories. At the same competition he also received special prizes, for example for the best interpretation of a modern work in 2014. In the summer of 2016 he was invited to the International Spivakov Festival in Moscow with his duo partner on the cello to participate in concerts, for example in the Bolshoi Theater. Maximilian Otto has already played several (piano) concertos as a soloist, including Beethoven's Triple Concerto, Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Mozart's C minor Concerto. He performed Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Lviv Philharmonic in Ukraine in 2017. In the same year he made his debut with his own piano concerto at the "Hochschule für Musik Dresden", which was performed six more times in 2019 with him at the piano and the Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen in a symphony concert series.