Max Vinetz (b. 1996) is a composer interested in creating emotionally immediate sounds, drawing inspiration from traditional, popular, and improvisatory forms. He has received recognition and awards for performance and composition from ASCAP (2018 Morton Gould Winner, 2016 Finalist), BMI (2017, Finalist), Symphony No. 1, Donald Sinta Quartet, Tesla Quartet, KLK New Music, Yale University, the Reno Jazz Festival and the CMEA Jazz Festival. At Yale, Max won the Abraham Beekman Cox Prize awarded to the “most promising and gifted composer” in the junior class, and was also awarded the Lewis P. Curtis Fellowship, the Tristan Perlroth Prize, and the R.J.R. Cohen Fellowship for Musical Performance. His music has additionally been featured at numerous festivals - New Music On the Point, Red Note New Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, California Summer Music, Nief-Norf, Valencia International Performance Academy, and highSCORE.
Max's works and have been performed and recorded by Ensemble Dal Niente, Copland House Chamber Players, the Lemberg Sinfonietta, DeCoda, Mivos Quartet, B3: Brouwer Trio, unassisted fold, Phoenix Quartet, Albatross Duo, Yale Symphony Orchestra, New York Youth Symphony, Brevard Sinfonia, Yale Undergraduate Chamber Orchestra, Icarus Duo, members of Yale Voxtet, Yale Schola Cantorum, and the h2 Saxophone Quartet among others. He is the founder of New Music Cooperative at Yale College, an organization that is dedicated to premiering undergraduate works and providing a collaborative environment between performers and composers, while also serving as artistic director for the Yale Undergraduate Chamber Orchestra. Max is currently finishing his undergraduate studies in Music at Yale, where he studies composition and music technology with Kathryn Alexander and Konrad Kaczmarek. Next fall, Max will begin his MM degree at the Shepherd School of Music as a Brown Fellow.