Maximilien Seren-Piccinni of Sérent-Kerfily is a director of Franco-Belgian descent, born in Verona into a family linked to the history of music in that he is descended by maternal line from Italian composer and opera buffa master Niccolò Piccinni.

His mother, a ballet dancer, is descended by paternal branch from composer Niccolò Piccinni, while his father is descended from the noble French family.

She was introduced to opera through her father’s friend and director Franco Zeffirelli, routinely requesting her presence during rehearsals at the Arena di Verona. When he was only 20, in 2008 the Biennale di Venezia commissioned him to assist actress Franca Valeri and he became personal assistant to director Mario Monicelli, who steered him toward prose theater. In July 2010 he made his debut as a prose director at the Festival de Ramatuelle. In 2016 he made his debut as assistant set designer in Nabucco directed by Arnaud Bernard at the Arena di Verona.

With the untimely death of his father in 2014, he inherited the titles of Baron de Malestroit, Count of Trédion, Count of Sérent, Marquis of Kerfily and Duke of Sérent with legitimate deed of nobility signed by King Juan Carlos I of Spain.