Max Grafe is a composer and music educator currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Juilliard School as a CV Starr Doctoral Fellow. He teaches in the music theory and analysis department at the Juilliard School, and is also a member of the composition faculty of Special Music School at Kaufman Music Center. Mr. Grafe's original compositions have been performed by a diverse range of prominent and emerging ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert, the New Juilliard Ensemble under Joel Sachs, the UT Austin New Music Ensemble under Dan Welcher, the Chelsea Symphony under Reuben Blundell, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and FLUX Quartet. His work has also recently been featured in the New York City Ballet’s 2015 Choreographic Institute and the 2015 Resonant Bodies festival. Mr. Grafe has been awarded several of the most prestigious honors available to emerging composers, including a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a William Schuman Prize from the BMI Foundation.