Noah Max

Noah Max is a composer, conductor, painter and writer who loves to provoke curiosity about the Arts by sharing the process.

World premieres of Noah’s music have been heard at Wigmore Hall, London, Vienna’s Musikverein, Royal Festival Hall, London and the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room. An avid collaborator, he has worked with the Piatti Quartet, Ebor Singers, Marryat Players, Brompton Quartet and Roadrunner Trio. Commissions include Vignette for the Barbican Piano Trio, Eulogy for an Imagined Pitch for Moonlight Ensemble and …to the world without Time… for pianist Thomas Kelly. Noah works regularly with soloists including flautist Anna Kondrashina, violinist Maja Horvat and soprano Susanna MacRae. His music has been broadcast internationally as part of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group’s ‘At Home’ series and Echo Ensemble’s ‘The Echo Chamber’. His debut album produced by Andrew Keener will be available soon; extracts from the disc are featured on this page.

In 2021 Noah’s string trio Sojourn, written in memory of Melanie Daiken, was awarded First Prize in The Clements Prize for Composers at Conway Hall, London. Sojourn was described by Musical Opinion as ‘an engaging new work for an exacting medium’ and by The Arts Desk as ‘mercurial in character, detailed in scoring and with echoes of Barber in its fragile slow movement’. In 2017 Noah was a Finalist in the National Centre for Early Music’s Composition Award (Ave, Regina Caelorum) and shortlisted for the BBC Proms Inspire Competition for Young Composers (Three Echoes).

For sixth-form Noah attended the Purcell School of Music where creativity in all its forms was nurtured and encouraged. Noah’s teacher Simon Speare inspired him to pursue a career as a
composer. Since then he has been fortunate to learn from Edwin Roxburgh, Hilda Paredes and Joseph Phibbs. He now has students of his own whom he teaches composition and conducting.

As a conductor Noah has championed contemporary repertoire with Endymion Ensemble at Wigmore Hall, Divertimento Ensemble on tour through northern Italy, and Echo Ensemble (of which he is Creative Director) who have given 59 premieres so far in 2021. He was a Britten-Pears Young Artist, a London Sinfonietta Academy participant, Assistant Conductor to Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo for their production of Handel’s Theodora at the BBC Proms, and Young Associate Conductor of Sir Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes.

Noah’s artwork has been displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Ronald Corp OBE, Sarah Frances Jenkins and Zeo Fawcett have set his poems to music. Noah loves cinema, skiing, David Bowie and 85% dark chocolate. He resides digitally at https://www.noahmax.net  and you can experience his Living Portfolio at https://www.vimeo.com/noahmax.