The music of Max Grafe has been performed by a diverse range of prominent and emerging ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and FLUX Quartet. His work has also recently been featured at the Tanglewood Music Center, the New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, and the Resonant Bodies festival. Mr. Grafe’s music appears on commercial recordings by the New York Philharmonic and Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble.
Mr. Grafe has received several of the most prestigious awards available to young composers, including a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a William Schuman Prize from BMI, and a Morton Gould Young Composer Award from ASCAP.
Also highly active as an educator, Mr. Grafe is a member of the faculties of the Juilliard School's pre-college division and the Kaufman Music Center. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition at the Juilliard School, where he also received a Master of Music degree in composition in 2013. Further studies have taken place at Mannes College of Music, Indiana University, the Freie Universität Berlin, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Tanglewood Music Center.