Max’s successful teaching career is spinning over 25 years: since 1994, he gained wide recognition as an independent drum menthor; since 2002, he also teaches at the Jazz Dep't of St. Pete. Mussorgsky Musical College. In 2007–2015, Max taught at the St. Pete. Institute of Culture.

Along with teaching in St. Petersburg, Russia, Max is an internationally acknowledged clinician known for his tremendous ability to explain all things drumming in his crystal clear fashion, and to convincingly demonstrate how they work in real music. He is intensively involved with world-wide drum education having toured the U.S., Northern Europe, Baltics и CIS. Мах is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the National Association of Rudimental Drummers (N.A.R.D.) and the only teacher from Russia to be included in the Dom Famularo's Approved Teachers List published by Modern Drummer magazine.

One of the great Jim Chapin’s favorite students*, Max has made great contribution to popularizing “natural approach to technique” – and Moeller technique, in particular – via his clinics, books, and DVDs. Max’s musical playing and effective teaching methods are praised by the likes of Jim Chapin, Bill Bruford, Steve Smith, Dom Famularo, René Creemers, Peter Magadini, and more. Max’s rudimental books and methods are officially recommended by the N.A.R.D. for all students of rudimental technique.

If you are interested in studying with Max, contact us.

Max has studied with Leningrad’s famous V. Kirichenko (1991–1992), took his place following his retirement; with Jim Chapin in 2003, 2005: Jim was very supportive of Max’s first clinics abroad; with Dave Weckl in 2013.



A new release by ZAHIR (the band)!


Sat, Feb 3 | 10:30 pm | Butman Jazz Club | Max with Late Night Latin Band


Welcome to Max’s updated Ahead Armor Artist page!



Sat, Feb 3 | 10:30 pm | Butman Jazz Club | Max with Late Night Latin Band


Sat, Aug 12 | 7pm | Jazz Boat | Max with Mikhail Kostyushkin Band


Sun, June 11 | 7pm | Jazz Philharmonic Hall | Max with Mikhail Kostyushkin Quintet