British/Italian cellist and director Max Ruisi has emerged as a charismatic, inquisitive and innovative artist with an international career built around his love of chamber music.
Cellist of the award-winning Ruisi Quartet alongside his violinist brother Alessandro, Max is also the founder & Artistic Director of The 12 Ensemble, recognised as one of the UK's leading string orchestras. He has performed in major concert halls and festivals throughout Europe, the US and Asia, and in 2017 recorded as a soloist for Decca Classics with Ola Gjeilo. Alongside curating and programming projects and performances, 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 2019, performing at the Wigmore Hall with 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).
After completing his undergraduate degree at the GSMD, Max studied with Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet) at the Basel Hochschule fur Musik and recently 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 was a student of Ferenc Rados at IMS Prussia Cove with the Ruisi Quartet in 2015.
Max was recipient of the ‘Royal Philharmonic Society Award for British String Players’ with the Ruisi Quartet and the group were one of only ten selected 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 (including tours to Asia & the USA). He also performs with a number of orchestras, including Guest-Principal with the Britten Sinfonia and the London Contemporary Orchestra, as well as regularly performing with the John Wilson 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.
A versatile and innovative musician, Max has worked with many of today's leading young composers, including commissioning British composers Oliver Leith & Kate Whitley on behalf of the 12 ensemble. He has also recorded and performed with many leading contemporary artists, and regularly collaborates with composer Max Richter. In 2014 Max was part of Orchestrate's string octet that recorded the acclaimed soundtrack to Mica Levi's award winning film 'Under The Skin’, and more recently appeared on her Oscar-nominated soundtrack to 'Jackie '.