Piers Maxim

Piers Maxim was a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral and studied at Cambridge University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As a conductor, he works regularly in the opera houses and theatres of Europe, including Berlin Staatsoper, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris, Nationale Reisopera of the Netherlands, and at festivals such as Aix-en-Provence, Montreux and Innsbruck.

Piers also enjoys a concurrent career as a counter-tenor. He recently sang one of the Wise Men and was alto soloist in Belshazzar (Handel) under the direction of René Jacobs. Further highlights of recent years include Messiah in Kings’ College, Cambridge, J.S. Bach’s Magnificat conducted by Sir Roger Norrington in St John’s, Smith Square, and St Matthew Passion in the London Handel Festival. For the Netherlands Nationale Reisopera 2001 production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo, he sang the role of La Speranza as well as training the chorus as Chorus Master.  

From 2002 until 2004, Piers was Chorus Master at Scottish Opera where he trained the chorus for Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss), Rigoletto (Verdi) Götterdammerung (Wagner), Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck) Aida (Verdi) and La Bohème (Puccini) and conducted performances of Aida in Edinburgh and La Bohème in Inverness. 

Since September 2004, Piers has been Chorus Master at the Belgian National Opera of La Monnaie, Brussels, where he has worked on Aida, Pikovaya Dama (Tchaikovsky), La Sonnambula (Bellini) Viaggio a Reims, Der Fliegender Hollander, and conducted the revival of Die Zauberflöte. Future plans include Petite Messe Solonelle (Rossini) and tours of Die Zauberflöte to South Africa and New York.