Max Geissler

Max Geissler

Praised for his “superb 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. Max has been recently appointed as the cellist of the Chicago-based 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 devoted to the chamber music literature and takes any opportunity he can to better acquaint himself with the repertory and enthusiastically share it with audiences. He has worked closely with and performed alongside chamber musicians such as Jon Kimura Parker, Brian Connelly, Desmond Hoebig, James Dunham, Timothy Pitts, Benjamin Kamins, and Laurie Smukler.

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. Now in its fourth year, the program helps share their love for chamber music with the community in a bucolic environment through a series of intimate farmhouse concerts. In addition to these festivals, Max will be attending La Jolla SummerFest 2018 as a member of the Cambridge Trio this August.

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