Dr. Maxim Kozlov Cello Studio recently presented a recital featuring 16 student performers at Vantage House Retirement Community in the auditorium. The 6-17 year old cellists performed before an audience of Vantage House residents, as well as the performers’ family members and friends. Some of the cellists began private lessons with Kozlov just a year ago while others had been studying for many years.
Kozlov, a Russian born cellist, holds Master of Music Education and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from prestigious Moscow Conservatory and Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. In addition to performing, he is a private instructor with students in the region.
Dr. Maxim Kozlov Cello Studio recently presented The Cello Project, a recital featuring eight student performers at Vantage House Retirement Community in the auditorium. The 6-17 year old cellists performed before an audience of Vantage House residents, as well as the performers’ family members and friends. Some of the cellists began private lessons with Kozlov just a year ago while others had been studying for many years.
The Ucelli Quartet, made up of four of Kozlov’s students, performed Tschaikovsky’s “October” from The Seasons and Mendelssohn’s “Sommerlied.” The performers (from l.) were Noah Eckman, Jeffrey Lee, Elliana Howard and Hannah We.
Kozlov, a Russian born cellist, holds Master of Music Education and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from prestigious Moscow Conservatory and Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. In addition to performing, he is a private instructor with students in the region. He ended the afternoon of music at Vantage House with a “Journey Around the World,” popular musical selections from different styles and countries.
Vantage House’s Lifelong Love of the Arts program includes active participation in visual and performing arts, as well as presentations by visiting musicians, artists and scholars. Vantage House is a full-service community distinguished by its many amenities and easy access to health services. It is located in Downtown Columbia.
By BRANDON OLAND Carroll County Times of Westminster, Md.
ELDERSBURG, Md. (AP) — When Maxim Kozlov travels for business, he requests two airline tickets.
One for him. One for his antique cello. He sits next to the stringed instrument, large enough to take up a passenger seat. Flight attendants usually joke. They ask if Mr. Cello would like something to eat.
Kozlov and his cello are well-traveled. He has performed on four different continents and in hundreds of cities. He’s in demand as a performer in chamber and concert orchestras. Yet Kozlov isn’t planning many travel trips in the coming months. He wants to use his cello in a different way. He is teaching how to play rather than showcasing his gift on stages.
After moving to Eldersburg last summer, Kozlov opened the Eldersburg Cello Studio at his home. With two young children, Kozlov is hoping for more teaching and less journeying to spots all over the world. He’s performed in more than 700 concerts. In most cases, travel is simply part of the gig for musicians, and Kozlov has plenty of stories to tell.
During a seven-year stint with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Kozlov performed all over the United States. He’s also served as principal cellist in the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin in Russia and has recently performed with the Macao Orchestra. Macao, a peninsula and two islands located south of China, is known for its gaming industry.
He remembers details about most of the performances, ranging from Beijing to Los Angeles. “Lots of cowboy hats,” he said about the audience at a concert in Wyoming. “It’s like Las Vegas times seven,” he said of Macao, a mecca for gamblers. His many journeys help him when he teaches. Rather than simply explaining technically how to play a piece, he can offer first-hand experiences about what it’s like to play South American tangos or intimate details of the tradition of classical music in Europe. “I can tell them the stories about life in those countries,” he said. “It helps when I can share my experiences with them. Then, it can spark an interest.”
Kozlov was introduced to the cello at just 5 years old while growing up in the Soviet Union. His parents wanted him to study piano, but a teacher didn’t think he had what it took. So his parents asked if he wanted to give the cello a try. He did. He’s been playing ever since. He studied at three Russian colleges and earned a doctorate in Musical Arts from the Moscow State Conservatory. He also studied at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
He received citizenship in the United States during his stint with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, which was from 2005-12. During a dress rehearsal before the concert season started, the orchestra played the National Anthem in his honor when he got word of his citizenship.
After having such a fruitful performing experience in Baltimore, Kozlov and his family decided to move back to the area last year. He picked Eldersburg because of the excellent public schools system in Carroll County and because the area didn’t have many cello instructors, he said. Since arriving, he’s found students from throughout the region. He accepts everyone from beginners to advanced students.
“It’s great that we have someone of his caliber here in this county,” said John Corona, an Eldersburg resident with a daughter who is a musician.
In addition to his regular students, Kozlov is working with his daughter Sonja, 5. She is the same age Kozlov was when he started practicing. Her tiny cello is positioned in a rehearsal space in Kozlov’s Eldersburg home.
“I can imagine he would be a teacher that any pupil would be lucky to have,” said pianist Alessio Bax, who performed with Kozlov in chamber music recitals and master classes in South Dakota.
So at least for now, Kozlov spends roughly four hours a day practicing and teaching. He’s taking a break from the travel schedule, which means the cello, at least for now, won’t be on many airplanes taking up a passenger seat. “People always ask, `Did you have to pay for a ticket for the cello?”‘ Kozlov said. “I always say, `Well, it’s not free.”‘
Stop looking! Dr. Kozlov is that person!!! Not only have you found a very gifted and talented Cellist, but a very gifted instructor, mentor and inspirer. I cannot say enough about our beloved instructor. He has given lessons to our teenage son for 5 years. We wish it could have been much longer. It is very hard to put into words Maxim’s commitment, love for music and passion for his students.
Dr. Kozlov is down to earth, despite his impressive academic and professional background, and apt to explain music in an accessible and fun way. Instead of simply telling me to emphasize certain notes or merely demonstrating, he told me to make those notes “sparkle like diamonds!” The imagery immediately helped me understand what needs to be different in the quality of sound.