Randy Max has performed with many ensembles including the Antwerp Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia Virtuosi, St. Louis Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony, and has performed as soloist with the Amsterdam Percussion Group. He has also performed extensively with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, with whom he has appeared as soloist and toured North and South America, Europe, and Russia.
From 1988-2022 Randy was principal timpanist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, where he performed the European premiere of the Timpani Concerto No. 1 by William Kraft. Prior to his appointment in Rotterdam, Randy was timpanist/percussionist of the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra and Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York. He spent two summers as timpanist with the National Repertory Orchestra and attended Tanglewood as a timpani/percussion fellow.
Randy has given masterclasses in the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia, and co-presented the Roland Kohloff Memorial Masterclass at PASIC 2006. He earned his undergraduate degree at the St. Louis Conservatory, where he studied with Richard Holmes and John Kasica, and received his Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Roland Kohloff, Buster Bailey, and Walter Rosenberger.
Randy is the author of Orchestral Excerpts for Timpani, with an Audio CD, published by Theodore Presser Company. His arrangements of Schumann, Six Pieces for Pedal Piano, arranged for timpani and piano, are published by Bachovich Music Publications.