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Max Zorin

Max Zorin

Max Zorin teaches violin, chamber music and excerpt classes. He holds degrees from the Juilliard School, Yale University, and a doctorate from Stony Brook University. He has been on the faculty at Penn State since 2005.

Born in Israel into a Russian family of professional musicians, Zorin began studying the violin at the age of five with his father (a student of David Oistrakh). Other teachers have included Dorothy De Lay, Naoko Tanaka, Zakar Bron, Peter Oundjian, Ani Kavafian and Philip Setzer (Emerson String Quartet).

A committed teacher, Zorin assisted Dorothy De Lay at the Juilliard School and regularly presents master classes at various musical institutions worldwide, including the Royal Academy of Music in London (UK), State Conservatory of Thessaloniki (Greece), Illinois State University, and Columbus State University (GA), among others. His effective pedagogical style stems from a synthesis of Russian and American traditions that focuses on ingenious practicing techniques, mental awareness, and creativity. His former students have won awards and national competitions as well as positions in professional orchestras and music institutions.

Acclaimed for his superb technique and engaging personality, Zorin won first prize at the Corpus Christi International Competition (USA) at age 17. Upon the release of his award-winning debut album French Touch, a collection of 20th-century French works for violin and piano, Strings Magazine hailed his record as “simply magnificent”.

Driven by a vibrant musical interest that spans beyond the standard classical repertoire, Zorin released his first music video, Mack The Knife, in 2015. As an original arrangement for violin and jazz quartet, he won the Global Music Award as “Emerging Artist”. Other recent highlights includes a solo tour across Spain and Portugal with the San Jose Youth Symphony, as well as performances in China, Brazil, Argentina, France, Russia, and the United States.

Zorin collaborated with several distinguished artists such as Maxim Vengerov, Itamar Golan, Sergiu Schwartz, Martha Katz, Tom Martin, and ensembles including the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. He has been featured in prestigious venues such as Alice Tully Hall (New-York), Tel Aviv University (Israel), the Bolshoi Theatre, the Glinka and Symphonic Hall in Saint Petersburg (Russia), the Philharmonic Hall of Odessa (Ukraine), Granada International Music Festival (Spain), Summit Music Festival (New-York), Aspen Music Festival (CO), Music at Penn’s Woods Festival (PA), and on various international radio and TV broadcasts.

Zorin is the co-artistic director of Rencontres Musicales Internationales des Graves, a family-run summer master course and festival located in the wine region of Bordeaux (France). Each year, approximately 100 students from all over the world come to study and attend concerts.

As an orchestral musician, Zorin served as concertmaster of the Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra and Williamsport Symphony Orchestra. He performs on a violin crafted by J.B. Vuillaume (Paris, 1860) wit a bow by Edwin Clement (Paris, 2011).

French Touch Max Zorin - violin Vincent Balse - piano including works by Ravel, Poulenc, Saint Saens, Massenet.  For more info visit

French Touch

Max Zorin - violin
Vincent Balse - piano
including works by Ravel, Poulenc, Saint Saens, Massenet.

For more info visit