British / Italian

cellist + director

Max Ruisi

has emerged as an 

innovative +

expressive artist

with an


career built around

his love


chamber music. 

British / Italian cellist + director Max Ruisi has emerged as an innovative + expressive artist with an international career built around his love of chamber music. 

A diverse range of interests + influences fuel a colourful artistic output, ranging from his role as cellist in the Ruisi String Quartet, artistic director of leading chamber orchestra 12 Ensemble plus close collaborations with contemporary composers + musicians including Oliver Leith, Jonny Greenwood + Nick Cave.


Max regularly performs in major concert halls and festivals throughout Europe, the US and Asia, and has featured as a soloist on recordings for Decca Classics. Max has also directed two albums with the 12 ensemble, both of which have received wide-spread critical acclaim (5 stars - BBC Music Magazine). Recent highlights include directing the 12 ensemble at the BBC Proms in both 2019 + 2020, performing at the Wigmore Hall with both 12 Ensemble & the Ruisi Quartet and appearing as a soloist at the Barbican (Sound Unbound Festival). Max also collaborates with a wide range of artists, regularly working closely with leading composers (Max Richter, Bryce Dessner, Oliver Leith) and collaborating with contemporary artists (The National, Ex:Re, Keaton Henson). 

Max was recipient of an RPS Award with the Ruisi Quartet and the group were one of only ten selected worldwide for the Banff International String Quartet Competition 2019. As founder and Artistic Director of the 12 ensemble, Max has established a pioneering and award-winning un-conducted string orchestra that is in-demand worldwide. He also performs with a number of orchestras, including Guest-Principal with the Britten Sinfonia and the London Contemporary Orchestra. Max has coached chamber music at the Royal College of Music and the Pro Corda courses in the UK, and has been on the jury of the National Schools Chamber Music Festival.

After completing his undergraduate degree at the GSMD, Max studied with Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet) at the Basel Hochschule fur Musik and completed an Artist Diploma in Chamber Music at the Royal College of Music. He has participated in numerous public masterclasses as both a soloist and chamber musician, including working with Alfred Brendel and Eberhard Feltz, and has been a student of Ferenc Rados + Thomas Adés at IMS Prussia Cove.

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