Max Petersen

Born in Sydney, Australia Max began playing piano at the age of three, learning with the Suzuki method. When the family moved to Germany in 1998, he began taking piano lessons in Konstanz.

At the age of 13 Max participated in a band, which was led by a local Saxophone-teacher. They mostly played Jazz standards. This was when he began to practice more intensively; also he started composing music which the band still plays today. At the age of 15, Max took the possibility to take part in a special school program at a high school in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. With this program he was able to take lessons at the conservatory in Winterthur and began to study music, when he was 17, at Zurich University with Chris Wiesendanger. He has founded his own piano trio in 2011.

Max has always also been fascinated by classical music especially by the late romantic epoche. Claude Debussy had a big impact. Besides jazz he has always been playing classical music.

In summer 2013, his schools classical orchestra performed Max' composition titled "Fantasie".

Max studied jazzpiano with Vijay Iyer and Jimmy Mcneely, at Manhattan School of Music in New York in 2014 and is currently a Masterstudent in Zurich studying with classical concertpianist Hans-Jürg Strub. He has recorded and performed with a lot of musicians from New York and Europe including Eric Harland, Donny Mccaslin, Philippe Lemm, Nicole Johänntgen, Rudresh Manhanthappa and others.

Max' trio, with Lukas Traxel on bass and Jimmy Macbride on drums played a tour through Switzerland and Germany in April 2015 and will be touring again in march 2016.