Max Huls


Max Huls is only member of the orchestra who doesn’t have an email address or a smartphone. He’s old school.

What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
During the 18 wonderful years of music in Memphis, I had rewarding experiences with Jacksonville Symphony conductors Willis Page and Roger Nierenberg. Thusly attracted, I chose to audition in 1993 because the orchestra was reputed to be playing well and time-and-again hero exec David Pierson had the budget in the black.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional musician?
A happy alternative to music would have been an academic life in philosophy East and West, but musicians have a better union.

What do you do in your spare time (other than practice!)?
Surrounded by a library of music, philosophy, poetry and plays, I merrily poke around in it. With deep paternal satisfaction and inconvenience I give its resources to my colleague Victor Huls who pursues graduate degrees in cello and conducting at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor

What is your favorite thing about being a professional musician?
Violin yoga, wordless awareness, and mountains. Only one requires travel. My PASSION is the repertoire for violin alone, which makes me the cheapest band in town, Paganini anyone?

What sport(s) do you participate in?
The quick wits and courage developed in baseball are the foundation of my approach to music performance. The glove is in the car.

Do you have a favorite team?
St. Louis Cardinals (I once had a Brockabrella…wonder if you can still get one…)

What is your favorite food?
Tiramisu, world class only

Who is your favorite composer?
Bela Bartok and his sidekick Zoltan Kodaly

What’s currently on your iPod?
No iPod. Luddite am I.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music and Philosophy from Stephens College; Master of Music from University of Memphis