Max Schwimmer

A classically-trained saxophonist, Max Schwimmer brings a sense of musical adventure to performance and music education. His chamber music and solo projects span Western classical works, new music, klezmer, tango, the American songbook, and beyond. As a founding member of the Asylum Quartet, he received praise for “nonstop virtuoso skills” (Times Herald-Record) and “evocative, educational and refreshing concerts” (Newport Daily News). With the quartet, he appeared at the Boston Athenaeum, the Newport Music Festival, and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, and was featured on WNPR’s Where We Live and in Psychology Today. The quartet received the Grand Prize in the 2014 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston, and collaborated with composers including Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin, Erberk Eryilmaz, and Polina Nazaykinskaya. Max has also performed with the Juilliard Orchestra under Marin Alsop at Carnegie Hall, as well the U.S. Coast Guard Band and Philadelphia’s International Opera Theater. Max has worked with over 2,500 students in one-on-one lessons, educational workshops, and outreach concerts. His private students have placed into selective programs including the Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble at The Hartt School, the Connecticut Music Educators Association’s regional and all-state bands, and Interlochen Arts Camp. His has taught saxophone at Manchester Community College, Music and Arts East Hartford, South Windsor High School, and Camp Encore/Coda in Maine. In the 2018, he led the Instrumental Music program during the inaugural season of the URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy in Pennsylvania. Max’s arrangements for saxophone ensembles include works by Philip Glass, Beethoven, Debussy, Franck, Gershwin, Piazzolla, Zorn, Imogen Heap, Ljova, Louis Thomas Hardin (“Moondog”) and others. Max holds a Master’s of Music from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford where he studied with Carrie Koffman. He completed a Bachelor of Music from Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts School of Music as a student of Dr. Timothy McAllister.

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