Max Geissler

Max Geissler


Praised for his “superb artistry and beautiful sound”, cellist Max Geissler currently serves as the cellist and Co-Artistic Director of the mixed instrumentation new music ensemble Latitude 49 and is a highly sought-after chamber collaborator and educator. Before his Doctoral and Master’s studies at Rice as Desmond Hoebig’s teaching assistant, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan working with Richard Aaron. In the fall of 2023, Max joined the faculty at East Tennessee State University as Assistant Professor of Cello. 

Passionately expanding the breadth and scope of the standard repertoire, Max has participated in dozens of commissions and premieres, giving voice to an array of works ranging from inspiring student compositions all the way to collaborations with Pulitzer-prize winning composers. Working with Latitude 49, Max has recorded for New Amsterdam Records and has been showcased as a featured performer at the Bowling Green New Music Festival, Detroit’s Strange Beautiful Music, Constellation Chicago, and Princeton Sound Kitchen. 

As an enthusiastic educator, Max is an in-demand masterclass clinician, having given classes at schools such as SUNY Fredonia, The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, University of Calgary, and Baylor University. Students of his have gone on to continue their studies at major music schools, as well as perform in both national and international competitions. Max spends his summers on faculty at ENCORE Chamber Music in Cleveland, working closely with aspiring cellists and performing alongside good friends and colleagues. 

Max is a lively advocate of chamber music literature and takes any opportunity he can to excitedly share it with audiences. He has performed alongside and collaborated with artists such as Jon Kimura Parker, Clive Greensmith, Lynn Harrell, Cho-Liang Lin, Martin Beaver, Margaret Batjer, Brian Connelly, Desmond Hoebig, and James Dunham. Max is currently the Artistic Director for Kalmia Garden Music and Arts, as well as a regular performer at the Geneva Music Festival. In addition to these festivals, Max has appeared as a Young Artist at La Jolla SummerFest, and performed as a part of the Taipei Music Academy and Festival in Taiwan.

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