Max Pollak is a 2011 Hoofer Award Winner, 2011 Bessie Award nominee, 2010 Individual Artist Grantee of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance and 2008 fellow in Choreography from the New York Foundation of the Arts. He is one of the most prestigious names on the international tap scene today. He is recognized worldwide for his superior musicianship and his highly individual style as the first person to merge authentic Afro-Cuban music and dance with American rhythm tap and body music to create RumbaTap. His original a-cappella vocal arrangements have been hailed by the NY Times , his work with classical composers, symphonic and chamber orchestras is unique in the world.
Max Pollak has received both Flo-Bert and Hoofer Awards, a Bessie Award Nomination, Arts International grant, Individual Artist Grant from N-Manhattan Arts Alliance, NYFA Fellowship in Choreography. He is co-creator, music supervisor and choreographer of the hit show “Carmen: To Havana & Back” at Public Arts in NYC. A member of Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Cuba’s famous Rumba ambassadors, he is a prestigious name on the international tap and world music scene. Critics and peers worldwide acknowledge his superior musicianship and his highly individual style called “RumbaTap” – a pioneering blend of Afro-Cuban song and dance with American tap dance and body music. His innovative a cappella vocal arrangements received critical praise in the NY Times. Originator of Cuba’s first tap festival, he has been teaching and performing there since 1998. Among others he worked with Cuba’s top Rumba groups, Gregory Hines, Chucho Valdés, Lila Downs, Ray Brown, Phil Woods, Paquito D’Rivera, Slide Hampton, Dave Valentin, Danilo Perez. He shared the stage with Ann Miller, Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Gregory Hines, James Earl Jones, Carl Reiner and Chita Rivera. He toured internationally with his group RumbaTap, Cyro Baptista’s percussion ensemble Beat The Donkey, Manhattan Tap, Urban Tap, Rennie Harris Pure Movement, Feet 2 The Beat, Roxane Butterfly, Grupo Los Santos and more…
Max is recognized for making South-American and European classical music more accessible, playing in prestigious venues and festivals in Austria, Germany, France, Canada, the US and Cuba, like Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Schleswig Holstein Musik Fest, Basel’s Tonhalle, Orford Chamber Music Festival, Musique de Chambre in Giverny, Havana’s Teatro Nacional and Teatro Amadeo Roldan. He has performed as soloist with members of the Vienna, Berlin and New York Philharmonic, London and Montreal Symphony, St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra, Les Violons Du Roy, Orchestre Nouvelle Generation, Composer’s Concordance and more. For such occasions, many internationally acclaimed composers have written orchestral works expressly for Pollak with tap/body percussion parts. He is also a recording artist, published writer and on faculty at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. His first CD RUMBATAP is available on all major platforms.
Max will be performing his solo show All In One, and teaching intensives and workshops.