MAX GITECK DUYKERS is a composer whose work is dedicated to unusual beauty. An album of his music featuring his group Ensemble Ipse will be released on New World Records in June, 2019, with support from the Ditson Fund of Columbia University. Recent commissions include the experimental chamber opera “Both Eyes Open” to be premiered across the U.S. by the Paul Dresher Ensemble, with generous support from the National Parks Service, New Music USA, and the Jerome Fund for New Music. Other commissions and premieres include Third Angle New Music, Beo String Quartet, PUBLIQuartet, Avian Orchestra, The Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, the Oakland Youth Orchestra, The Seattle Chamber Players, The Glass Farm Ensemble, Iron Works on the Edge, and Anti-Social Music. His “Glass Blue Cleft” was recently released by the Escher String Quartet on Bridge Records. This piece and others have been featured at music festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the Seattle Chamber Players’ “Icebreaker IV”, curated by The New Yorker’s Alex Ross. Duykers is co-director of Ensemble Ipse, a contemporary music sextet based in NYC. Duykers has also been commissioned to compose music for over 35 theatrical, dance, film, and multimedia projects in the New York City area. He 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 Liev and Quinlan.