He is the prince of the piano, the magician of melody.
Maksim, the piano player produced by legendary Mel Bush.
Maksim was born in 1975 in Sibenik, a town on the Adriatic coast. He began piano lessons at 9 (giving his first public performance at the same age) and performed Haydn's C major piano concerto with an orchestra just 3 years later. War broke out in 1990, but both Maksim and his professor Marija Seksi were determined that he should continue his musical studies. “There were a thousand grenades a day in my town,' he says, ‘but you can't just stop living - you must go on. And the only thing I could find to help me was my piano. 'Despite the awful circumstances, Maksim entered and won his first major competition in Zagreb in 1993. ‘I've always felt that that was my greatest victory, and the most wonderful memory of my whole career,' he says.
After five years at the Music Academy in Zagreb studying with Professor Vladimir Krpan (a pupil of Arturo Benedetto Michelangeli), Maksim spent a year at the Ferenc Liszt Conservatoire in Budapest. During this period (1999) he won first prize in the Nicolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition. In 2000 he moved to Paris to study with Igor Lazko, and in 2001 he gained first prize in the Pontoise Piano Competition held in the French capital.
This proved to be a turning point in his career, and when he went back to Croatia he found himself in the middle of intense media interest. There were frequent television appearances and interviews, and soon he was recording his ‘Gestures' CD. The spectacular launch recital, in the 2000-seat Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, including a laser show, dry-ice and a video wall, and half of the audience was under 30. For the second half of his concert, Maksim threw aside the lasers and videos, donned a suit and performed Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto.
Soon after this he was spotted by the musician, author and poet Tonci Huljic (composer of several tracks for crossover string quartet Bond), and he put Maksim in touch with impresario Mel Bush. Bush had been looking for some time for an exciting new pianist, and immediately recognized Maksim's enormous potential to appeal to classical, crossover and pop audiences. Maksim held a world debut event at the Roundhouse in London on May 14, 2003. His new album ‘The Piano Player' (EMI Classics) was released in more than fifty countries all over the world. The album invaded national charts in Asian countries like Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan. He has performed at the Miss Hong Kong ceremony and he had an offer from Christian Dior for his stage costume. Maksim continues to storm all over the world.