Credit: Harrison Linsey


AME Composition Competition

Kheir: Fantasy for Clarinet and Sinfonietta received an honorable mention in the Professional tier of the American Modern Ensemble’s 2015 Composition Competition, open to composers of all ages.

NY Phil Biennial Album

Bismuth: Variations for Orchestra is featured on the New York Philharmonic’s new album Selections from NYPHIL BIENNIAL 2014, available on all major digital platforms.

UT Austin New Music Ensemble

Kheir: Fantasy for Clarinet and Sinfonietta will be performed by Shih-yen Chen and the University of Texas at Austin New Music Ensemble under Dan Welcher on September 30, 2015 alongside works by Alex Heppelmann, Robert Honstein, and Michael Ippolito.


Max has been awarded one of two William Schuman Prizes for the most outstanding works submitted to the 2015 BMI Student Composer Awards. Max’s
Kheir: Fantasy for Clarinet and Sinfonietta tied with Daniel Silliman’s strain for the award.

Palmer Dixon Prize

Max has been awarded the Juilliard School’s Palmer Dixon Prize for most outstanding student composition for the second consecutive year, for
Kheir: Fantasy for Clarinet and Sinfonietta.

Charles Ives Scholarship

Max has been awarded a 2015 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

New York Philharmonic

On June 7, 2014,
Bismuth: Variations for Orchestra received its world premiere by the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert alongside premieres by Christopher Rouse and Péter Eötvös as part of the inaugural NY Phil Biennial. Bismuth was selected through an international call for scores by the American Composers Orchestra’s EarShot program.