Max Welford is a London based clarinettist with a wide-ranging career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player.
He has performed as a soloist at the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, St. Martin in the Fields, St. James’ Piccadilly, MusikFabrik Berlin, St. John’s Smith Square and the National Portrait Gallery, and his recent chamber music performances have included Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet with the Sacconi Quartet, and Schubert’s Octet for the London Chamber Music Society. He has also performed with the London Chamber Collective, the Castalian, Ruisi and Artesian String Quartets, and singers including Nicky Spence, Caroline Macphie and Louise Kemeny.
Max has performed as Principal Clarinet with orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Contemporary Orchestra, CHROMA and Faust Chamber Orchestra, and has also worked with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and English Session Orchestra. He has worked widely in the West End, and is currently a member of the orchestra of Les Misérables.
Max studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Andrew Marriner, Mark van de Wiel, Chi-Yu Mo, Angela Malsbury and Elizabeth Drew, and in Berlin with Wenzel Fuchs. He received further training as a student on the LSO and London Sinfonietta Academies, and after his graduation in 2012, he was represented by the Park Lane Group and the Concordia Foundation.