MAX WOLPERT (b 1993 )
Fiddler, composer, and storyteller Max Wolpert conjures up monsters and myth where the traditional, classical, and theatrical meet.
Drawing from tradition both musical and mythological, Wolpert makes music inspired by stories from around the world. Whether built upon the verve and bounce of an Irish jig, the endearing asymmetry of a Welsh pipe tune, or the drive of a Virginian breakdown, his pieces are crafted with taut detail and a flair for the dramatic honed over years as a pit musician, conductor, and orchestrator for theatrical productions.
Wolpert ’s latest work for viola, St. Melangell’s Voyage Across the Sea, wields the unsung hero of the orchestra to call up the thrill of storms, the solitude of the forest, and the rather improbable tale of a prince, a hermit, and an unusually-perceptive rabbit.
His two string quartets, Myths and Song of Four, serve as pedagogical tools to introduce the classical musician to traditional forms and improvisation, and in performance bring forth an Irish war goddess, two enchanted ravens, a young girl with dreams of piracy, and a ferociously contrapuntal chase through a twisting labyrinth.
Wolpert is dedicated to music education and is a passionate advocate for new music. He encourages his students and collaborators to explore stories and traditions that spark the imagination, and to bring forth the outlandish, the macabre, and the magic inherent in music.