In September 2010 Maxim Heller began his work as musical assistant to Claudio Abbado, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra as well as the Orchestra Mozart, for rehearsals, concerts, recordings and tours with renowned artists such as Jonas Kaufmann, Anne-Sofie von Otter, Anna Prohaska, Maurizio Pollini, and as well as many others.
Born into an artistic family, Maximís father was a painter and his mother a concert pianist. Mr. Hellerís formal musical education began at the Regensburg Domspatzen Cathedral Choral School under Georg Ratzinger (brother of Pope Benedikt XVI).
He then continued his studies at the Musikhochschule in Munich, Germany as an orchestral conducting major under Hermann Michael, Bruno Weil and Jacques DelacŰte, the latter with whom he assisted at the Bavarian State Opera Munich.
Assistant and Co-conductorships have shaped Mr Hellerís career. He has worked closely with Peter EŲtvŲs, Michael Gielen and others with the following orchestras:
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Munich, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio-Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin (formerly, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra).
Elected as German participant of the Baltic Sea Festival Conducting Master Class 2004 with Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mr. Heller subsequently assisted Maestro Salonen at the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Munich.
Maxim Heller has also served as lied accompanist for private Master Classes held by such esteemed artists as Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Peter Schreier.
He was presented in his Salzburg Festival Debut in 2005, and his Berlin Philharmonic Hall Debut in 2009.
Maestro Heller was has been the Assistant Conductor at the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin from 2006 to 2011.