Masterclasses

With over 25 years of experience as timpanist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and 10 years of experience in New York with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra and other NY ensembles, Randy Max has much to offer to young timpanists.

Randy has given classes at such schools as:

  • Barenboim-Said Foundation in Seville, Spain
  • Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway
  • Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK
  • Conservatory of Music in Antwerp, Belgium
  • Manhattan School of Music in New York
  • Conservatory of Music in Lima, Peru
  • Royal College of Music in London
  • Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen, Norway

                          Some of the many topics covered in detail are:

Passages from Orchestral Excerpts for Timpani, by Randy Max, along with other solo and orchestral repertoire students would like to be coached on.

Ear training (solfége) and timpani tuning: A great deal of emphasis is put on Randy’s method of ear training geared especially for timpani students. This important aspect of playing is dealt with comprehensively and students will learn how to develop their ear for impeccable intonation on the timpani.

Timpani technique: Legato and staccato strokes and other types of articulation are covered thoroughly. Rolling is also worked on intensively, using many examples of different types of rolls from the repertoire.

Many audio examples are used for play along purposes and also to demonstrate variations in interpretation of the pieces being played in the class.

Numerous other topics always arise during the sessions such as how to practice and study, preparing for auditions, timpani maintenance, mallets, and much more.

“It has been an amazing experience both for the students and for me to share two days of masterclasses with Randy Max in Seville. His approach to timpani playing and especially to orchestral repertoire is so fresh and creative that it has made all of us feel very motivated and inspired.”
Iñaki Martín,
Principal Percussion, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla
Percussion Teacher, Academy of Orchestral Studies, Barenboim-Said Foundation

“Randy Max gave a masterclass at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. It was a thrilling experience. Randy revealed an utmost knowledge regarding all aspects linked to being a professional timpanist. He covered aural training, basics, and musical understanding in a thoughtful way.
Tom Vissgren,
Principal Timpanist, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Timpani Teacher, Norwegian Academy of Music

Please email for information about arranging a class with Randy Max.

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