Max Knigge (1984) started playing the violin at the age of eight, and switched to viola at seventeen. Max studied at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. As an instrumentalist Max plays with orchestras and ensembles in the Netherlands, with focus on contemporary repertoire.
Besides viola, Max studied composing with Daan Manneke, Willem Jeths and Wim Henderickx in Amsterdam. His style is adventurous and based on resonance. If possible, he tries to create for each ensemble its own sound, in a narrow collaboration with the musicians.
His compositions are performed by a.o. Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Nobuko Imai, Ensemble Ludwig, Amstel Quartet, Dudok Quartet, members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Duo Hochscheid-Van Ruth. In 2006 Max won the first prize in the Ricciotti Arrangers Competition, in September 2007 Max was awarded the second prize of the NOG Young Composers Concours for his orchestral work Nazomer,