Max Vinetz (b. 1996) is a composer whose recent work has drawn inspiration from the intersection between traditional, popular, and improvisatory forms and aesthetics. He has received recognition and awards for performance and composition from ASCAP (2018 Morton Gould Winner, 2016 Finalist), BMI (2017, Finalist), Danbury Music Center, 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 Beekman Cannon Friends Prize, 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 (2017, 2018). His music has additionally been featured at numerous festivals - New Music On the Point, Red Note New Music Festival, Nebula Ensemble Summer 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 both New Music Cooperative at Yale College and Yale Undergraduate Chamber Orchestra.
Max recently graduated from Yale University, earning a BA with honors and distinction in Music. He is currently pursuing an MM degree in composition at the Shepherd School of Music, where he teaches music theory and ear training at the Shepherd School of Music Preparatory Program.