Max Lesser - Young Composer in Residence

Max Lesser, eighteen, currently attends Harvard University as a freshman, where he also participates in the dual master’s program with New England Conservatory. He graduated LACHSA in June of 2015, where he studied saxophone and improvisation with Walter Smith III. He currently studied composition privately with Sean Friar, and also with Jim Matheson and Sarah Gibson as part of the LA Phil Composer Fellowship Program. His chamber and orchestral works have been premiered by the LA Phil, ensembles at the YoungArts program, and by personal friends. His main musical influences in the classical idiom include Anton Webern, Morton Feldman, Gerard Grisey, and Georg Friedrich Haas. Other musical influences include saxophonists John Coltrane, Warne Marsh, and Mark Turner, and hip hop artists such as Madlib and Dedekind Cut. In his free time he enjoys reading novels and poetry, listening to traditional ethnic-music such as Indonesian gamelan, and attending local underground rap concerts with his friends.

Max was a participant in the Young Composers' Workshop of Sunset ChamberFest 2015. His work Sonechka (Marmeladov), with love..., written for the workshop, will be premiered in this summer's festival in Glendale on June 11th.