Noah Max (18 October)
Photo: Liz Isles
Noah Max inspires hope through creativity. He is a composer, conductor, artist and writer who loves to provoke curiosity about the Arts by sharing the process. As Creative Director of the Echo Ensemble he facilitates collaboration between performers to create life-changing experiences for live audiences.
At the age of four Noah’s first cello lesson ignited a passion for music-making. Playing in chamber groups taught him the value of collaboration and listening. It was at the Purcell School that he began conducting, set up his first ensembles and discovered, with the support of composition teacher Simon Speare, how to realise on paper the sonic landscapes in his imagination. Noah felt invigorated by the freedom and openness of Purcell’s culture; he did not find such flexibility at the Royal Academy of Music, which he soon left to pursue a broad-ranging creative career. He is grateful to teachers including Melanie Daiken, William Bruce, Sian Edwards and Edwin Roxburgh. A three-year mentorship and close friendship with conductor and bassoonist John Whitfield, who passed away in 2019, shaped Noah’s belief that music is fundamental to human existence.
World premieres of Noah’s music have been hosted by the Royal Festival Hall, the Musikverein Vienna and the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room. His work has been broadcast internationally as part of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group’s At Home series and Echo Ensemble’s The Echo Chamber. Noah collaborates regularly with award-winning instrumentalists such as Anna Kondrashina, Thomas Kelly and Maja Horvat and has written for ensembles including the Brompton Quartet, Marryat Players, Barbican Piano Trio and Roadrunner Trio in Amsterdam. He has recorded an album with producer Andrew Keener which will be available soon. Noah’s output features a diverse selection of solo, chamber and orchestral works for professional, amateur and young musicians.
As a conductor Noah has championed contemporary repertoire with the Endymion Ensemble at Wigmore Hall, Divertimento Ensemble on tour through northern Italy and Echo Ensemble who have given 59 premieres so far this year. He was a Britten-Pears Young Artist, a London Sinfonietta Academy participant and Young Associate Conductor of Sir Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures for their Oliver Award-winning production, The Red Shoes. He is also Associate Conductor of the BBC Elstree Concert Band.
Noah’s artwork has displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in London and his six-week debut exhibition took place at Fellowship House in 2019. He paints for live audiences as Visual Arts Facilitator at The Thinking Minds Project. Celebrated composers such as Ronald Corp OBE, Sarah Frances Jenkins and Zeo Fawcett have set his poems to music. Noah was a keynote speaker at WYRED international summit, a guest on FORTE podcast with tonight’s interviewer Anthony Cheng and has been interviewed for The Cross-Eyed Pianist, I Care If You Listen and Planet Hugill.
Noah enjoys movies, skiing, David Bowie, 85% dark chocolate and learning from his mentors and mentees. He resides digitally at https://www.noahmax.net and you can experience his Living Portfolio at https://www.vimeo.com/noahmax.