Maximilian Ehrhardt was born in Tettnang (Germany). After preliminary education as a young talent at the “Landeskonservatorium für Vorarlberg” (Austria) and the “Konservatorium der Stadt Zürich”, he studied the harp with Erika Waardenburg at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam from where he graduated in 2009 with the Master's Degree with distinctions. Since 2008 he is a student of Mara Galassi at the “Accademia Internazionale della Musica di Milano” in the class of historical harp, where he graduated in 2012 with the highest grades and is currently finishing the Master's Programme.
Maximilian is regularly performing in solo recitals, with baroque orchestras and chamber music ensembles all over Europe. He has worked with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the GürzenichOrchester of the Cologne Opera, the Orchestra of the Fynske Opera (Denmark) and the opera in Wuppertal. His performances include collaborations with the early music ensembles L’Arpa Festante, Ensemble Schirokko and Ensemble Polyharmonique.
He has been working with conductors such as Sylvain Cambreling, Reinbert de Leeuw, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Gabriel Garrido and Glen Wilson. Maximilian played concerts in the Early Music Festivals of Berlin, Ambronay, Utrecht and the MITO Settembre Musica in Milan.
In 2013 he was chosen to perform the harp solo in Monteverdi’s “Orfeo” during the European tour of the 20th Baroque Academy at Ambronay under the direction of Leonardo García Alarcón. Together with his ensemble L’Aura Rilucente he was chosen as one of the winners of the International Young Artists Presentation in Antwerp, as young promising ensemble
by the REMA (Marseille) and were granted one of the prolific ensemble residencies in Ambronay. Maximilian is recording with the Chamber Choir of Namur, Artemandolino and the Ensemble L’Armonia degli Affetti. Being a researcher for the ‘forgotten’ repertoire for the harp, he is currently preparing an edition of yet unpublished 18th century manuscripts.