Max Geissler

Praised for his ‚Äúsuperb artistry and beautiful sound,” cellist Max Geissler is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Rice University under the tutelage of Desmond Hoebig. Currently, Max serves as the cellist of the mixed instrumentation new music ensemble Latitude 49 and is a highly sought-after chamber collaborator. Before his studies at Rice, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan working with Richard Aaron. Previous mentors of his have also included Catherine Lehr-Ramos of the Saint Louis Symphony and Michel Strauss during a semester of study abroad in Paris.

Max is a passionate advocate of the chamber music literature and takes any opportunity he can to enthusiastically share it with audiences. He has performed alongside and collaborated with great artists such as Jon Kimura Parker, Cho-Liang Lin, Martin Beaver, Brian Connelly, Desmond Hoebig, James Dunham, Timothy Pitts, and Benjamin Kamins.

As the former principal cellist and project manager of the conductorless string orchestra KINETIC, Max assisted in building the nonprofit from the beginning and strongly advocated for the ensemble’s communicative chamber music making in the Houston area.

Additionally, Max is dedicated to collaborating with composers, having premiered several pieces for solo cello, string quartet, and chamber orchestra. He has performed regularly as a part of the new music organization MUSIQA in Houston, as well as alongside Brian Connelly on his chamber music series, Music in Context.

In the summer, Max is a regular performer at the Geneva Music Festival in New York and continues to perform at the Kalmia Garden Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut, a festival he helped co-found with violist Leah Gastler. In addition to performing at these festivals, Max has appeared on faculty at ENCORE Chamber Music in Cleveland as well as a Young Artist at the La Jolla SummerFest as a member of the Cambridge Trio.


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