Music Director and Conductor
Hailed as one of Boston’s most versatile musicians, Max Hobart enjoys a highly respected position as a performer, conductor and teacher. Retired after 27 years with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Hobart brings a rich perspective to his responsibilities as Music Director of the Boston Civic Symphony.
While Assistant Concertmaster of the BSO under Erich Leinsdorf, William Steinberg and Seiji Ozawa and as a featured soloist with the Boston Pops under both Arthur Fiedler and John Williams, Hobart performed concerts at Symphony Hall, Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall and on frequent radio and television broadcasts as well as numerous recordings for Phillips, D.C.G., Nonesuch and RCA. Concert tours have taken him throughout the United States and South America, Canada, Europe, Japan, the Soviet Union and China.
Prior to his arrival in Boston, Max Hobart was violinist with the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell, the National Symphony and the New Orleans Symphony. As Concertmaster, he has served the Boston Opera Company and the Handel & Haydn Society under Thomas Dunn in addition to the BSO and Pops.
A frequent guest conductor throughout the region and beyond, Hobart has led performances with the Boston Pops, the Pops Esplanade, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Newton Symphony, the New Hampshire Philharmonic plus the New York All-State Orchestra and the Port-Au-Prince Symphony in Haiti, among others.
Max Hobart’s diverse musicianship is augmented by a calling to share his knowledge and inspiration with his many students. His teaching engagements have included terms at Boston University, Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory and the Tanglewood Music Center.
In addition to the Boston Civic Symphony, Max Hobart is also Music Director of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra where he conducts a series of classical programs and pops concerts.
To learn more about Max Hobart, read the WellesleyWeston Online Magazine interview Maestro Out of the Heartland.