Maximilian (Max) Dimoff is the principal bass of The Cleveland Orchestra, a position he has held since 1997, where he holds the Clarence T. Reinberger Endowed Chair. His career began when he was appointed assistant principal bass of the San Antonio Symphony while still a student. He was soon promoted to principal, and held positions in the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago and the Seattle Symphony before coming to Cleveland. He served as head of CIM’s double bass department for 17 years before stepping away in 2017 to teach at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance. He is a coach and faculty member with The National Orchestral Institute and the New World Symphony.

Photo by Roger Mastroianni.


  • Northwestern University; studying with Jeff Bradetich

Other influential teachers include Warren Benfield, Gary Karr, Eugene Levinson and Ronald Simon.

Teaching Experience

  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • The National Orchestral Institute
  • New World Symphony
  • University of Michigan