About Max

Max Holm
Max Holm in May 2020

Pianist, composer, producer, band leader, sideman, arranger, session musician and educator.

In the Winter term of 2020, Max taught the Harvard Jazz Combo Initiative Piano Studio under renowned saxophonist Don Braden at Harvard University in Massachusetts until COVID-19 shut the program down. Max also conducted a Master Piano Class at the Cambridge School of Weston, Massachusetts.

In 2019 he was Downbeat Magazine’s choice for Outstanding Student Piano Performance.

In 2018 Max was the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition winner for Jazz, winning a rare Honorable Mention in the combined classical, contemporary and jazz piano categories.

Max is credited as a sideman on NIMA Jazz Album of the Year (2016) The Inside of the Outside with multi-Grammy winners Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band), Victor Wooten, Randy Brecker, Branford Marsalis, Rashawn Ross, Trombone Shorty, and others. The album was released in December 2015 and within 24 hours was the #4 most downloaded jazz album on iTunes behind Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga and Miles Davis.

Pianist Max has played with Wynton Marsalis, Kirk Whalum, Robin Eubanks, Stefon Harris, Marvin Stamm, Bill Mays, Ed Simon, Jim Snidero, and The Late Show’s Jon Batiste & Stay Human, among many other well-known artists.

In 2019 Max released his debut EP DON’T BE A STRANGER, with his quartet. The album contains jazz Latin fusion tunes, including the 13/8 odd meter original composition GRAN VIA, that Max played live for Chick Corea and which Chick connected with so much that he asked Max to play it again.

Holm has a music publishing deal with Universal Music Group’s 10 Miles, for original compositions in the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean styles. He co-wrote R&B songs on Yael Santé‘s The Romance EP (available on all streaming platforms), wrote theme music for reality TV casting queen Sheila Conlin’s web TV series Breaking Into Reality, music for an internationally shown TV commercial for the Chapman Partnership a charity trust, and received his first IMDB credit for recorded music on the Wonderful movie.

Max has written many original compositions, which can be heard on his SoundCloud page and are available for sync licensing.

Max opened for legendary band Journey in front of 60,000 people for the 4th of July celebrations at the Stadium of Fire in Utah.  He performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, The Fillmore Miami Beach, Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, McCormick Place in Chicago, and Stampen in Stockholm, in addition to hundreds of other venues.

He recently gave a TEDx talk on how a near death experience resulted in 7 blood transfusions from 7 strangers and turned him into a jazz musician.

Max’s violinist father Lars Holm toured and recorded with Max Roach and is featured on the Live at Vielharmonie album, recorded in Munich in 1983 for the Italian Soul Note label.

Max is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a degree in Professional Music with concentrations in performance, composition and contemporary writing & production. He was a Presidential Scholar at Berklee, an honor given to only 7 students per year from an pool of over 4,000 Berklee-hopefuls from around the world. The award, which cannot be applied for, is worth about $300,000.

Max Holm began studying classical violin at age 6, while growing up in Stockholm, Sweden. When at age 14 he heard jazz pianist Keith Jarrett, Max switched instruments and genres. Unbeknownst to him, his own grandfather Sven Holm, an artist, hosted Keith Jarrett and his then-girlfriend for a month in his apartment in France just before Keith’s famous Koln concert.

Max is an alumnus of the renowned Dillard Center for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and graduated from Park City High School in Utah. After graduating from high school in 2015, he accepted a Fellowship at the Brubeck Institute, where he performed as part of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet. Only five musicians from the US are chosen for this Fellowship.

Holm received the 2014 Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Competition Outstanding Soloist Award, was the only US high school student ever awarded the 2015 Jazz Education Network Founders Scholarship. Max was the only pianist in the country chosen for the 2014 Jazz Band of America.

The Max Holm Quartet opened the 1st annual Miami Beach Jazz Festival at the Fillmore in 2013. In 2014 Max opened for NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson, with the UCF Jazztet at the UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival. Max has performed at many jazz festivals across the country, including opening the 2019 Formentera Jazz Festival, the 2019 Fringe Festival of Jazz L’Estartit in Girona, Spain (with The Max Holm Quartet.

As a member of Utah’s Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band, he performed at venues and festivals across the US, on live radio and TV, at an NBA half-time show, and during the Evander Holyfield vs Mitt Romney Charity Boxing Match, among many other musical opportunities.

At the age of 24, Max has now performed hundreds of professional gigs.

Max’s upcoming release (June 16, 2020) is called MOMENT IN TIME, an original pop dance composition with lyrics written by his 62 year old mother, a survivor of violent physical and sexual abuse, who writes, “Open your arms and the world will present. A Moment in Time is what we get.”

On a personal note, Max has been meditating for many years, enjoys writing philosophical essays, and has been on over 300 flights and over 22 countries, since the age of 2 months old. He holds dual citizenship and is authorized to work in the USA and the European Union.

Max is a performer, session musician, arranger and composer. He is currently based in Boston and Valencia, Spain, and works internationally. Book him by calling/texting +1 (617) 849-8475 or emailing [email protected]