Max Emanuel Cencic started his vocal training in early childhood, appearing publicly for the first time at the age of six. He sang the aria "Queen of the Night" in a television show. Subsequently, Max Emanuel Cencic appeared at several concerts and had guest roles at the Zagreb Opera. From 1987 to 1992, Max Emanuel Cencic was a member of the Vienna Boys' Choir. In 1992, he started pursuing a solo career. By employing a special technique, he was able to continue singing soprano. Until 1997, Max Emanuel Cencic performed as a highly successful soloist at Lied concerts in Japan, the US and Europe. He also took part in the following opera productions: Gluck's "Orfeo" in 1995 (as Amor) at the Vienna Konzerthaus, as Rinaldo in Galuppi's "Il Filosopho in Campagna" in Potsdam and as Adrasto in Jommelli's "Demofoonte" in Schwetzingen and Cremona. In 1996, he also appeared in Gluck's "Orfeo" in Drottningholm and in "Xerxes" by H?ndel in Copenhagen.
In 2001, Max Emanuel Cencic switched his vocal fach and has been performing as a countertenor ever since. In Basel, he sang the role of Nerone in Monteverdi's opera "L'Incoronazione di Poppea", directed by Conrad Jungh?nel, which earned him the award of best new singer of the year 2003 by "Opernwelt" ("Opera World") magazine.
In 2004, Max Emanuel Cencic sang the role of Osmino in "La Fida Ninfa" by Antonio Vivaldi at the Bayreuth Baroque Festival and at the Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival. He furthermore sang the role of Apollo in "Il nascimento dell' Aurora" by Tomaso Albinoni on several occasions. He appeared as Perseo in Vivaldi's long-forgotten serenata "Andromeda Liberata" in London (Barbican Center), Rotterdam (De Doelen), Boston (Jordan Hall), Venice (Teatro Ridotoo), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Japan and at other prestigious opera houses worldwide. The performance of Andromeda Liberata in Tokyo was named the second best concert of the year 2005 in Japan. Max Emanuel Cencic furthermore had his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York in the role of Perseo. The above-mentioned work performed by the Venice Baroque Orchestra was recorded for the classical music label Deutsche Grammophon.
Max Emanuel Cencic is also a very successful interpreter of H?ndel. He delighted the audience with his 2005 appearance in the opera "Dionisio re di Portogallo - Sosarme" directed by Alan Curtis in Lisbon (Teatro Sao Carlos), St. Gallen (Switzerland) and at Gian Carlo Menotti's "Festival due Mondi" in Spoleto. In Halle, Max Emanuel Cencic sang the alto part in H?ndel's oratorio "Saul" as well as the role of Roberto in "Griselda" performed at the Festival Ambronay.
He furthermore sang the role of Medoro in Vivaldi's "Orlando Furioso" in Genoa in 2005. The artist currently works with directors Alan Curtis, Andrea Marcon, Christoph Rousset, Michael Hofstetter, Rene Clemencic and Jean Christoph Spinosi, among others.
Max Emanuel Cencic is a much sought-after guest at international concerts and has appeared in guest roles in Lisbon, Cologne (Deutschlandfunk Hall), Essen (Philharmonic), Potsdam-Sanssouci, Wiesbaden, Viterbo, Eisenstadt/Austria (Haydn Festival), Halle (H?ndel Festival) and Tokyo, just to name a few. In January 2006, Max Emanuel Cencic gave a concert featuring cantatas by Antonio Caldara in Brahms Hall at the Vienna Musikverein (click here to see the review).
In January 2006, Max Emanuel Cencic appeared in "Die Mozartshow" ("The Mozart Show") hosted by Sandra Maischberger, broadcast on national TV in Germany (channel ARD). He interpreted Cherubino's aria from "The Marriage of Figaro".
In April 2006 he had his debut of the role of Ottone in "L'Incoronazione di Poppea" in the Theatre du Capitole and in September 2006 he performed the role of Ruggiero in Vivaldi's "Orlando Furioso" in Bremen and Turin.
Max Emanuel Cencic has recorded several solo CDs. His CD "Cantata d'amore" received the top recommendation "Recommand? par classica". "The Vivaldi Album" and "Kantaten", his subsequent CDs, were both received enthusiastically by music lovers and critics alike. The label Capriccio released a DVD about Max Emanuel Cencic in June 2006 as well as his new solo CD featuring Basso Continuo cantatas by Domenico Scarlatti. In October 2006 Max Cencic recorded opera arias by Rossini. They will be released by EMI Music/Virgin Classics in 2007. The singer's future commitments include the role of Tamerlano in H?ndel's opera of the same name in Glasgow and Edinburgh, solo-concerts at the Parisian Salle Gaveau and Wiener Musikverein, concerts featuring opera arias by Rossini at the Open-Air in Ludwigsburg, the role of the prince Orlovsky at Theatre du Capitole, Tolomeo in H?ndel's "Giulio Cesare" in Genoa, and, in Mai 2007, he has his debut at Theatre du Champs Elys?e in Paris with the Al Ayre Espanol Orquestra.