Max Hanft was born in 1974 in Munich. After successfully appearing in Germany’s youth competition “Jugend musiziert”, Max Hanft began at the age of 16 to study the organ with Harald Feller and the piano with Claude-France Journes, both at Munich University of Music and Theatre. In 1993 he became the first winner of the newly founded young artist’s prize in his native town of Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm.
From 1995 to 2000 he took a degree in church music at Munich University of Music. He also worked on a regular basis with the Bavarian Radio Chorus from 1997 and was appointed church musician at St Nicholas’s Parish Church in Neuried (1999). After completing his degree, he continued his studies in master classes with Gundula Janowitz (lied accompaniment), Gerhard Weinberger (organ, period performance) and Lars-Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord). Since 2001 he has been a regular visiting performer on diverse keyboard instruments for Bavarian Radio’s three orchestras, taking part in concerts and CD recordings with Peter Dijkstra, Michael Gläser, Mariss Jansons, Ton Koopman, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle, Ulf Schirmer and Marcello Viotti.
Max Hanft plays harpsichord with the Akademie für Alte Musik (Berlin), the Munich Hofkapelle and Concerto Köln. His concert tours have taken him to New York, Kyoto and Singapore. He has appeared as solo organist in the Rheingau and Lucerne Festivals, the Nuremberg International Organ Week, Bressanone Cathedral and the Dresden Frauenkirche. In 2012 he took part a recording of the Fauré Requiem under Peter Dijkstra that received the Echo Klassik Award.