Born into a musical family, Maxim Heller’s formal musical education began at the Regensburg Domspatzen Cathedral Choral School under Georg Ratzinger (brother of Pope Benedict XVI) and continued under Jacques Delacôte and Bruno Weil at the “Hochschule für Musik” in Munich.
He was heavily influenced by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Peter Schreier in their private master classes.
His career has been shaped by assistant conductorships for Martyn Brabbins, Peter Eötvös, Michael Gielen and Lothar Zagrosek.
From 2010 on he served Claudio Abbado as his assistant conductor.
Among the orchestras and festivals are Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio-Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin (formerly, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra), Orchestra Mozart, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Berlin Festival and Salzburg Festival.