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From Sacramento, California, Maximilian Haft is a graduate of The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he studied with Masuko Ushioda and recently graduated with a Masters cum laude from the Koninklijk Conservatorium of The Hague where he studied with Vera Beths.
Since his arrival in Europe, Max has worked with several New Music ensembles including Ensemble Klang in Den Haag, Asko/Schoenberg Ensemble in Amsterdam, Musik Fabrik in Cologne, and the Soil Ensemble in Amsterdam. Max is currently a member of Ensemble Proton, Bern, and holds positions with De Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht and the Metropole Orkest. Further studies were at the Asko-Schönberg Ligeti Academy and in the Lucerne Festival Academy 2010- 2012 where he worked with Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, and Ensemble Intercontemporain. Recently Max performed Witold Lutoslawskis Violin Concerto “Chain II” with the North Netherlands Orchestra.
Max is an avid improviser and performer of jazz and pop music, performing with White Hinterland, The Eef van Breen Group, and HHHJ, a group devoted to splicing chamber music and free jazz. He is a founding member of the folk/pop group Cuddle Magic and performs frequently with The Hague String Variation. Max is a recipient of the 2010 HSP Huygens Scholarship and was a finalist in the Storioni chamber music competition and De Link competition. He has recorded for Mode Records, Haenssler Classic, and FYO Records.
The Stroh violin or “horn violin” is a relatively unknown instrument designed at the turn of the century, a time when sound recording was in its infancy and the Stroh was favourable over a standard violin. As recording technology improved, the Stroh violin fell into obscurity only to emerge decades later as a Transylvanian folk instrument.
April 18-19, 2018
Music, and the arts in general, has always been a source of inspiration in times of crisis; it establishes rapport between peoples and cultures and serves as a laboratory for the creation and expression of cultural values.
Dissolving Borders invited proposals that will investigate and problematize how musicians create political spaces that transcend demarcated space and culture, on scales both global and local, macro and micro. We seek work that engages with the complex realities of inter-cultural contact, including issues of migration, communication, integration, acceptance, and symbiosis. As the world experiences radical displacement during an era of unprecedented enforcement of borders, we seek earnest engagements with the vibrant history of music’s entanglement with these issues. Looking to past musics, musicians, and scholarship, we encourage imaginations of music’s current and future role as a cultural and political agent.