Praised for his “superb artistry and beautiful sound”, cellist Max Geissler is currently a 4th year Doctoral Candidate 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 and educator. 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.
As an enthusiastic educator, Max runs a private teaching studio in Houston, where he has helped prepare many high school students to go on to college music programs. Max has frequently worked with top level college students as a result of his experience as Desmond Hoebig’s teaching assistant. He is additionally an in-demand masterclass clinician, having given classes at schools such as SUNY Fredonia, Baylor University, and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Max spends his summers on faculty at ENCORE Chamber Music in Cleveland.
Max is currently the Artistic Director for Kalmia Gardens Chamber Music, a summer chamber festival hosted in a farmhouse in Durham, Connecticut, as well as a regular performer at the Geneva Music Festival. In addition to these festivals, Max has appeared as a Young Artist at the La Jolla SummerFest as a member of the Cambridge Trio, and studied and performed as a part of the Taipei Music Festival in Taiwan.
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