became President of Aylesbury Festival Choir in 2004.
Maxim was a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral, London. Having read
Music at Clare College, Cambridge University, he continued his
studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.
conductor, assistant conductor and chorus master, Piers worked
extensively in the opera houses and theatres of Europe, including
Staatsoper Berlin, La Monnaie Brussels, Le Théâtre des
Champs Elysées Paris, and the Netherlands Nationale Reisopera.
Following two years as Chorus Master of Scottish Opera, he was
invited to become Chef des Choeurs at La Monnaie, Brussels, the
National Opera Company of Belgium. As Assistant Conductor to René
Jacobs from 1996 to 2012, Piers worked on many operas and oratorios
on stage, in concert and in recordings. He features as harpsichord
soloist on the harmonia mundi (France) recording of Rinaldo,
and was Musical Assistant to Jacobs on the recordings of the three
Mozart/Da Ponte operas.
Piers made his USA debut
the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York in April 2007. In October
2010 he took part in the first performance of a staged baroque opera
in China, when he conducted Handel’s Semele
in the Beijing Music Festival, with the China Philharmonic and
English Voices. In 2013, he conducted a new production of Purcell’s
and Blow’s Venus
in the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music leading his period band,
Piers is now Director of Music at
Great Malvern Priory,
Conductor of Elgar Chorale and is Guest Conductor of EC4 Orchestra,
based in London, with whom he has conducted Beethoven’s
and Prokofiev’s Classical
He teaches piano, singing and organ as well as composition at schools
around Worcestershire and Herefordshire, and regularly holds choral
workshops. Recent performances include Messiah
with Elgar Chorale and Pavillion Ensemble in Pershore Abbey, and
and Mozart’s Vesperae
As a piano recitalist and accompanist, Piers has
appeared at the Endellion Easter Festival, Hong Kong University and
Adelaide Town Hall, to name just a few venues. An organist since his
school days, Piers is in demand as an accompanist and recitalist and
last Christmas, he presented his third complete performance of
in Great Malvern Priory. Last year saw him playing recitals in
Aylesbury, Kidderminster Town Hall as well as appearing in the Three
Choirs Festival in Pershore Abbey.
compositions are published by the Royal School of Church Music, and
recent publications include the RSCM anthem for Music Sunday 2018,
joyful ’tis to sing.