Max de Wardener was born in London and studied music at York University and Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He has worked as a composer and bass player in a variety of musical environments and has enduring associations with innovative musicians such as Plaid, Chartwell Dutiro, the Elysian quartet, Ed Finnis, Tom Arthurs, Leo Chadburn and Mara Carlyle. Releases include an album with Accidental records and an EP of string quartet music on Stanley Donwood's 6 Inch Records.
Max’s live performances have included appearances at the Stavanger Nu Music Festival in Norway, Sonar festival (Barcelona and Hamburg), the Loop festival in Brighton, as well as electronic music festivals in America and Japan. In 2006 Max toured England with his own band in a joint CMN tour alongside Michael Gordon's (Bang on a can) band.
Last year, following on from Max's participation on the LSO's Panufnik Young Composer's Scheme, he was commissioned to write two pieces for the virtuoso violinist Kala Ramnath, and twelve LSO string players for a performance at LSO St Lukes. The writing process involved working with Kala in Mumbai.
Other recent performances include a set of percussion pieces (PRSF commission) for Joby Burgess's Powerplant based on the films of Michael Haneke; a new score to Eisenstein's The Old and the New commissioned by the BFI to start their new russian film season, and a new piece for cellist Olly Coates premiered at last year's Ether festival at the southbank supporting James Blake.
He has also written extensively for film and television. Some of these credits include scores for the acclaimed film 'Last Resort' by Pawel Pawlikowski and the Emmy Award winning CH4 documentary 'DNA'. Last year he scored 'The Woman in the Fifth' with Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas to be released this february.
Max is also a keen instrument builder and was asked in 2010 by Radio 3's Late Junction in to take part in a live broadcast from BBC Maida Vale studios to celebrate their 10th anniversary in which he played his own set of Harry Partch inspired Cloud Chamber Bowls.
As an arranger, Max worked with Plaid last year on a new acoustic version of their score for cult manga film Tekkonkinkreet, for a performance at Sydney Opera House. He has also arranged music for Matthew Herbert's One Day Concert at the RFH for the London Sinfonietta. His occasional remixes include Efterklang, Gabriel Prokofiev, and John Richards amongst others.
He is currently writing a piano concerto for Will Dutta and the Heritage Orchestra as well as a commission for a short orchestral piece for the LSO.
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