Max Hammond, 17, has been in the winners circle of many piano competitions, with top finishes that include 1st place awards in the Lansum International Piano Competition, the State Finals of the CAPMT Honors Competition (twice), the Glendale Piano Competition, the Los Angeles Young Pianist Competition, the CAPMT District III Sonata Competition (twice), the Turner Concerto Competition and the Southwestern Youth Music Festival (SYMF) Young Pianist Competition. Max has performed as concerto soloist with the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra, with the SYMF Orchestra and with the Bellflower Symphony. Last spring, Max performed the complete Schumann Piano Concerto in concert, and the previous spring the complete Concerto No. 2 by Rachmaninov in concert, both times as the youngest competitor to reach the finals of the Young Artists Competition of the Peninsula Symphony. Max has been a recipient of the Mary Lynn Moyer scholarship of the Westside Committee of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and is currently a student in the Elizabeth Mandell Music Institute at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences. He has studied piano privately with Anders Martinson since 2014, following earlier studies with Sylvia Chauls and Wayne Behlendorf, and shares in the Martinson studio “Concert and Conversation” program for local convalescent homes.
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