Has played with The Knights since: 2001.
Favorite Knights moments: playing Briu and having Colin leading us in the Schubert Octet. Introducing myself to Adam and Alex by asking, "Can't we all just get along?" The Return Of Guillaume. Recording Appalachian Spring. Dusseldorf mustache. Dawn Upshaw.
Canadian violist Max Mandel is one of the most acclaimed and active chamber musicians of his generation. Comfortable in many styles and genres, Mr. Mandel's current group affiliations include the FLUX Quartet, The Knights, Silk Road Ensemble, Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Caramoor Virtuosi, Blarvuster, ClassNotes and I Furiosi Baroque Ensemble.
Early formative experiences include founding the Metro String Quartet, forging his dedication to chamber music through collaboration with his colleagues and teachers, such as Lorand Fenyves at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and the Banff Center for the Arts. Private studies at the University of Toronto and The Juilliard School were with Steven Dann and Samuel Rhodes.
Mr. Mandel has been Guest Principal of The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Camerata Bern (Switzerland), Camerata Nordica (Sweden), and The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. He is also a frequent guest of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
Mr. Mandel is a fan of all kinds of music from Mozart to Feldman to Shabazz Palaces, and considers himself very fortunate to have collaborated with great artists in many genres from Antje Weithaas to Don Byron to Kirk Hammett of Metallica. Mr. Mandel plays on a 1973 Giovanni Battista Morassi generously loaned to him by Lesley Robertson of the St. Lawrence Quartet. He resides in Brooklyn, NY.
FLUX Quartet can be heard and seen in the new film River of Fundament by visual artist Matthew Barney and composer Johnathan Bepler. www.fluxquartet.com