noah max
string quartet no.2, ii, first edition
This is the First Edition score of the second movement from my String Quartet No. 2, Op.37 (2021-22). This early version remains unperformed because it is just about unperformable! However, the myriad metric modulations show in great detail how I conceived of and constructed the music, which I later re-barred into more regular time signatures.
The piece's premiere at the Thaxted Festival was reviewed by Claire Seymour, and it is due to be recorded by The Tippett Quartet for release on Toccata Classics next year.
Noah Max’s music has been performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room in London as well as the Musikverein in Vienna, Altalena Festival in Budapest, Uilenburgersjoel Synagogue in Amsterdam and the Paderewski Academy in Poland. In 2021 his string trio Sojourn was awarded The Clements Prize and was performed by members of the Piatti Quartet. Max’s works are published by United Music Publishing and his debut album Songs of Loneliness was released on Toccata Classics in 2022. He will be Composer-in-Residence at Thaxted Festival throughout 2023 and 2024, where he will collaborate with the Tippett Quartet and the London Mozart Players.

Max has spent the last five years bringing his opera A Child in Striped Pyjamas to the stage. This was based on the classic novel by John Boyne, by special arrangement with Miramax. Noah was interviewed about the piece by The Sunday Times and BBC Radio 4’s Today programme; excerpts from the piece were broadcast on RTE Radio. The sold-out premiere production at The Cockpit Theatre in London was received enthusiastically by audiences and critics alike; revivals are already in the works for 2024 and beyond.

In 2016 Max founded the Echo Ensemble, of which he is Creative Director. He is also an accomplished artist whose work has displayed at the National Portrait Gallery. His latest solo show of paintings dreamnote took place at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill in 2022 and his oil paintings, etchings and drawings recently displayed at the Naze Tower’s Spring Exhibition. Fellow composers who have set his poems to music include Ronald Corp OBE, Sarah Frances Jenkins and Zeo Fawcett.