Max Murray (BMus ’10)

After completing his studies in composition and theory at the University of Victoria, Max Murray went on to pursue a graduate degree in performance at the Berlin Conservatory of Music, also studying composition in parallel at the Leipzig conservatory, where he was awarded a Hanns Eisler Prize for the interpretation of contemporary music, and the Leipziger Komposition Preis. Max is currently a PhD candidate in composition at Harvard University.

In 2013 he participated in the Akademie Schloss Solitude summer composition academy and for the 2014/15 academic year was a visiting fellow in the composition department at Harvard.

His compositions been performed by renowned ensembles and soloists including Ensemble Surplus (Freiburg), contralto Noa Frenkel (Tel-Aviv), ensemble hand werk (Köln), ensemble apparat (Berlin), clarinetist Heather Roche (B.Mus ‘05), and Aventa Ensemble (Victoria). As a performer he has worked with groups such as the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Staatsoper Berlin Werkstatt, Ensemble Kollektiv Berlin, Vancouver New Music, and the Academy Orchestra of the Berlin Philharmonic. In 2011 and 2013 Max performed with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra and since 2011 has performed with the Experimental Studio throughout Europe as a member of Ensemble Experimental. In 2013 he was a guest soloist at the SALT Festival for New Music (Victoria, Canada), and in 2015 was a visiting performer in the composition department at Stanford University.

“Most of my current compositional work is rooted in interests first sparked during my undergraduate studies with Dániel Péter Biró. My long-term studies with Eugene Dowling are the foundation on which my continuing activity as a performer is built.”