Maxim Lubarsky is a pianist with a rare spectrum of talent and virtuosity. Maxim is equally comfortable performing jazz, classical, and music of Latin America. He is a truly remarkable arranger, composer and performer.
A native of Odessa, Ukraine, Maxim began his musical career as a classical pianist. When he was seven years old, he began his musical education at the Stolyarsky School of Music, where his father, a member of the piano faculty, was his teacher and mentor. Subsequently, Maxim received a Master’s Degree in Performance, Pedagogy, Classical Ensemble and Accompaniment from the Odessa State Conservatory, where professor Evilina Kovalenko was his private instructor. During his last years in school Maxim acquired a love for jazz music and started his first group “Art Session”, with whom he played numerous venues in the Ukraine and won first place in several competitions including the Krivoy Rog, Dnipropetrovs’k, and Kobanchenko Jazz Festival. In addition to his performances with the “Art Session” Jazz Ensemble, Maxim played numerous solo recitals and performed with the Odessa State Symphony Orchestra. He has also toured with numerous musicians in Israel, France, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Greece, and the USA. These tours included recordings and CD productions.
In 2001 Maxim came to Berklee to pursue jazz education, where he studied with such renowned musicians as Joanne Brackeen, Danilo Perez and Joe Lovano. At Berklee he was the recipient of Best Scholarship 2001 and the Berklee Technics Piano Award in 2002.
Since the arrival to United States, Maxim has been involved in numerous projects and recordings with performers such as Terry Lynn Cattington, Dave Samuels, Greg Osby, E.J Strickland, Gabrielle Goodman, Cristian Armstead, Rhiannon and had a privilege to accompany the legendary jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater. He has performed with his jazz group and has given many solo recitals in various venues such as Ryles Jazz Club, Scullers Jazz Club, Regattabar Jazz Club,, Acton Jazz Cafe, Pickman Concert Hall at Longy School of music, Berklee Performance Center, just to name a few.
Maxim has appeared at the St. Petersburg Music Fest (Russia), Spoleto Festival (SC), Beantown Festival (MA), Diacetum Festival (Italy), “Usadba Jazz” Festival (Russia), ArtNaples Festival (FL), “Krivoy Rog” festival (Ukraine), Cambridge River Festival (MA), Salem Jazz and Soul Festival (MA), Bethel Art Festival (PA). He has been a regular at the Spoleto festival in Charleston, S. Carolina where in the summer of 2012 he performed with Somerville Symphony Orchestra Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. At the present time in addition to leading Maxim Lubarsky Group, Maxim is involved in several exciting projects including Macayu Trio and Gabrielle Martina Group.
Maxim Lubarsky is an Assistant Professor at the Piano Department at Berklee College of Music. He has also toured numerous times with master classes in China, South Africa and Russia.