Featured Performers for June 2019

Max Geissler


Praised for his “superb artistry and beautiful sound,” cellist Max Geissler is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Rice University under the tutelage of Desmond Hoebig. Before his studies at Rice, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan working with Richard Aaron. Previous mentors have also included Catherine Lehr-Ramos of the Saint Louis Symphony and Michel Strauss during a semester of study abroad in Paris.


As featured soloist, he has performed with several orchestras in the St. Louis area, including the Saint Louis Symphony. Max is devoted to the chamber music literature and takes any opportunity he can to better acquaint himself with the repertory, working closely with chamber musicians such as James Dunham, Norman Fischer, Joel Krosnick, Ronald Copes, and Laurie Smukler.


As former principal cellist and project manager of the conductorless string orchestra KINETIC, Max assisted in building the nonprofit from the beginning and strongly advocated for the ensemble's communicative chamber music making in the Houston area.


Max is also a sought-after new music collaborator, having premiered many pieces for solo cello, string quartet, as well as chamber orchestra as a part of KINETIC. He has performed regularly as a part of the new music organization MUSIQA in Houston, as well as alongside Brian Connelly on his chamber music series, Music in Context.


Together with Leah Gastler, he co-founded the Kalmia Garden Chamber Music Festival.

Timothy Krippner


Praised as “a true artist” by the late Aldo Ciccolini, pianist Timothy Krippner embraces the solo and chamber repertoire with equal enthusiasm. He holds a Master of Music from Rice University where he studied with Dr. Robert Roux, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan where he studied with Dr. Logan Skelton.


He has won top awards in competitions including Seattle International Piano Competition and the University of Michigan concerto competition, and has performed with musicians such as cellist Desmond Hoebig of the Rice University faculty. He has been a featured soloist with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and the Spokane Symphony. As the resident pianist of the Kalmia Gardens Chamber Music and Arts Foundation, he frequently performs on chamber series and solo recitals and has the opportunity to engage his audiences with preconcert talks. This commitment to education extends to his private studio and work with local music schools in the Houston area.


Mr. Krippner has performed in summer festivals including Pianofest in the Hamptons; PianoSummer at SUNY New Paltz; Beethoven Institute at Mannes; Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy; and the Bösendorfer International Piano Academy in Vienna, Austria. He has worked in masterclasses with artists such as Aldo Ciccolini, Benedetto Lupo, Jonathan Biss, and John Perry.

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