Max Wolpert

Fiddle, Viola & Violin

Max Wolpert

About Max Wolpert

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, Max 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, Max’s 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.

Max’s first viola concerto, Giants, wields the unsung hero of the orchestra to call up singing harps, dancing stormclouds, and a fiendishly ticking clock inexorably counting down to the end of the world.

His three string quartets, Myths, Lid un Tantsn, 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.

Max is dedicated to music education and a passionate advocate for new music. His work has been performed by the Colorado Symphony, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, and Musique sur la Mer Chamber Orchestra, and at the American Repertory Theater, International Music Festival of Gramado, Brazil, and the Minster in York, England. Max teaches at Naropa University, the University of Colorado, Rocky Ridge Music Academy, Dana V Music, and Mountainside Music Academy. 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.

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