Max Giteck Duykers is a composer whose work is dedicated to unusual beauty. His music has been performed throughout the United States, in Italy, England, Australia, and Romania. He was recently chosen for the Third Angle/Russell New Ideas In Music Competition resulting in the commission of A Breath of Arches for string quartet and four MIDI foot controllers. The piece was premiered in Portland, OR and was chosen as the Grand Prize winner of the competition. He was also recently commissioned by New Music USA and the Jerome Fund for New Music to create a chamber opera for tenor, two actors, chorus, electro-acoustic percussionist (performing on the Marimba Lumina) and pierrot sextet. The piece will be premiered in 2016-17 in San Francisco, Sonoma County, CA and in NYC with the Paul Dresher Ensemble. 2015 will bring new pieces commissioned by Antisocial Music, flutist Margaret Lancaster, violinist Curtis Stewart, and a mixed quartet to be premiered by violinist Esther Noh. His numerous other commissions and premieres include the Avian Orchestra, The Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, the Oakland Youth Orchestra, The Seattle Chamber Players, The Glass Farm Ensemble, PUBLIQuartet, Iron Works on the Edge, Anti-Social Music, Trio Tara, The Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, HERE Arts Center, PS122, La Mama ETC, Horizon Theater Rep., and the Stony Brook Department of Theater Arts.
His Glass Blue Cleft was recently released by the Escher String Quartet on Bridge Records (Bridge 9318). Of the piece, Three Village Patch writes “[Glass Blue Cleft] is a piece for lovers of the string quartet, those amazed by how fiery and how dulcet these four-stringed instruments can range in expression.” It was chosen as the winner of the New York Composers Circle and Music Now Competitions, and has received performances by NYCC at Symphony Space in 2012, by PUBLIQuartet at Brooklyn’s Barge Music in 2012, by the faculty string quartet at Indiana State University’s 46th Annual Festival of Contemporary Music in 2012 and at Florida State University’s Festival of New Music in 2013.
Duykers’ Setti Momenti was commissioned by the Le Ville Matte music residency in Sardinia, Italy, where he spent the summer of 2010. The piece was also given its US premiere by the Tuscaloosa New Music Collective in 2012. His music was also featured at several recent music festivals: MusicX at the University of Cincinnati, soundSCAPE at the Vittadini School of Music in Pavia, Italy, The Versipel New Music Festival in New Orleans, LA, and the Seattle Chamber Players’ Icebreaker IV, curated by The New Yorker’s Alex Ross. His sextet Twilight For Adored and Breathless Moments was called “full of surprises” by The Seattle Weekly, and a “gem…beautiful…an absolute pleasure to hear” by artdish.com. Duykers’ Glance was composed for and premiered by the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra and was chosen as a runner-up for the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute for 2010.
Duykers has also been commissioned to compose music for over 35 theatrical, dance, film, and multimedia projects in the New York City area, and is currently the composer in residence with the dance company Iron Works on the Edge. With the theatre group Prototype he was an artist-in-residence at HERE Arts Center in 2002-2004, and in 2000-2001 he worked for Philip Glass’ The Looking Glass Studios and Dunvagen Music Publishers, where he did studio recording, Pro-Tools post-production, music sequencing, music copying and music editing for the Philip Glass Ensemble, film scoring projects, and operatic works. He holds a BM from Oberlin Conservatory where he studied composition with Randy Coleman, and has recently completed his PhD at Stony Brook University where he studied with Sheila Silver. At Stony Brook he was also honored with the 2012 Ackerman Award for Excellence in Music. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Rebecca and sons Quinlan and Liev.