Born and raised in Georgia, Maxwell was given his choice of instruments to learn at age five. Following in his brother’s footsteps, he chose classical piano, later picking up the cello in middle school. Although rooted in the classical tradition, Maxwell has explored contemporary musical styles through his brother’s rock bands and composing sessions. He also experiments with modern classical music. His encounters with Indiana University’s many diverse cultures led him to discover the unique sounds of the Silk Road Ensemble. Maxwell is a senior at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, studying piano performance with Jean-Louis Haguenauer.