Max is a Presidential Scholar at the Berklee College of Music. He is in his third year as a undergraduate student majoring in Professional Music with a concentration in Composition and Music Production. In February 2018 he received Honorable Mention from the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition for top US musicians from the ages of 18 to 22. In his piano category the winner was a classical pianist graduate student from the Juilliard School. 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. 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. As a high school senior in 2015 Max received over $350,000 in college scholarship offers, and accepted a prestigious Fellowship at the Brubeck Institute for his gap year, where he performed as part of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet. Only five musicians 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 (only college students have previously received it), and 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 most recently the 2015 Monterey Jazz Festival.
Max has performed with many greats, including Wynton Marsalis, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Kirk Whalum, Stefon Harris and Robin Eubanks, among many others. As a member of Utah’s Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band, he opened and closed the 2015 4th of July show headlining legendary band, Journey, playing to over 60,000 persons and televised to over 1 million military families. His album with multi-Grammy award-winning Jeff Coffin, “The Inside of the Outside,” 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. The album featured guest artists Trombone Shorty, Branford Marsalis, Victor Wooten, among several other respected musicians.