I am offering private cello lessons. I have found that private one-on-one lesson allows students to progress at their own pace and attain the highest understanding of musical techniques. Students can start private lessons as young as 4 years old. I have been playing cello for 35 years. I have DMA in Pedagogy, and I studied at Moscow Conservatory and Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Carroll County Times featured my cello studio on the front page of 2/14/2013 issue.

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  City Westminster , MD
  Zip Code 21157
  Phone Number (443) 802-6125

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Maxim Kozlov

Principal Cellist

“…Maxim Kozlov’s performance of the Elgar’s cello concerto with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra was worthy of being heard in any international city in the world”, wrote Henry Fogel, President and CEO of League of American Orchestras.

Maxim Kozlov has wide international solo and orchestral experience, having performed as a soloist and the Principal Cellist with internationally renowned Chamber Orchestra “Kremlin”, which is based in Moscow, Russia. With this orchestra, he gave over 700 concerts in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe, as well as South Korea and China.

In 2001 he participated in “Polyphony of the World”, where he was invited to join “Kremerata Baltica” after a personal invitation from its Artistic Director, Gidon Kremer. Maxim Kozlov served as the Principal Cellist in the Chamber Orchestra "Kremlin" (1995 - 2003) and the Principal Cellist of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (2005 - 2012). He also played in the Lancaster Symphony and the Annapolis Symphony orchestras. In 2010 he won the Baltimore Symphony sub list audition. This season he made three tours to Macao, China and Portugal to perform as the Guest Principal Cellist in the Macao Orchestra.

Kozlov's education is summarized by a Bachelor of Music degree from the Special Music College in Ekaterinburg, Russia; a Master's from the Ural State Conservatory, Russia; and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Moscow State Conservatory, Russia. He received a Graduate Performing Diploma at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where he was a Graduate Assistant of Alan Stepansky.

Customer Testimonials

We would recommend Maxim Kozlov to anyone looking for an exceptional private cello instructor. When we first met Maxim, our son was just entering the 6th grade and he is now a senior in high school. Under Maxim's study, our son competed in a national fine arts competion through our church, was (and still is) part of the Youth Orchestra and has participated in All-State Orchestra as a freshman, sophomore and junior. We are confident that he will be participating as a senior as well. Only 20 cello students in the state are chosen for All-State based on their performance during the audition as well as their scores on the written test. Maxim was instumental in teaching our son all the various fingering and bowing techniques, vibrato, proper posture, professionalism as a player as well as teaching the different terminology required to succeed in the written test piece of the All-State audition. Maxim became part of our "family" over the years and he teaches with integrity and a wealth of knowledge...and as a side note, he is a phenomenal cellist!!!


I highly recommend Maxim Kozlov for cello instruction or as an ensemble coach for children or adults. He is highly qualified, patient, encouraging and has an ability to engage young learners to work to the best of their abilities. Maxim is a dedicated instructor with a heart for teaching and he taught my child for 6 years. He not only taught him how to improve his ability on the cello, but helped him set goals, manage his practice time and motivated him to do his best. I have also had Maxim coach my adult piano trio and our group benefited immensely from his instruction.

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