"Hi! My name is Max Oppeltz and I'm a Venezuelan cellist. I just moved back after some years to the New York area to play as the Colton Fellow with the New Jersey Symphony, where I plan to be for the next year or so. If I'm not practicing, or playing in orchestra, or teaching, you'll find me hiking somewhere in Colorado!"
About The Teacher
Max Oppeltz-Carroz started playing the cello at the age of 4 as a student of El Sistema in
Caracas, Venezuela. As a part of the world-renowned music program, Max played in the Simon
Bolivar Youth Orchestra, the Chacao Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Caracas Municipal
Orchestra; and studied with Cesar Noguera, Marek Gajzler and German Marcano. He also
participated in numerous masterclasses with cellists such as Natalia Gutman and Phillip Muller.
In 2014, he moved to the US to study at the Juilliard School with Professor Richard Aaron. As
an undergraduate student, Max participated in several lessons and masterclasses with cellist
Franz Helmerson and studied chamber music with musicians such as Roger Tapping, Sam
Rhoades, Sylvia Rosenberg and Jerome Lowenthal.
In 2016, Max was fortunate to attend the Music Academy of the West, the highlights of which were taking lessons with Lynn Harrel and performing alongside faculty Warren Jones and Kathleen Winkler.
In 2018, Max moved to Denver to study at the Lamont School of Music as a Newman Graduate Fellow under Matthew Zalkind. While in Denver, he’s been fortunate to perform alongside faculty both at Lamont and at the Denver Chamber Music Festival.
Starting in the Fall of 2020, Max will begin a two-year program as CCM/CSO DIversity Fellow. Max is also extremely grateful to be playing on a 1880 French cello from the Caussin School, generously loaned by the Virtu Foundation.
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music: Artist Diploma/Diversity Fellow – 2020-2022
University of Denver: Master of Music, Newman Fellow – 2018-2020
Juilliard School of Music: Bachelor of Music – 2014-2018