New York-based composer, Max Surla, was born in New Orleans and raised in Washington DC. He began his musical studies at the age of 9 playing the clarinet in a youth orchestra program, and went on to graduate from the Manhattan School of Music where he received his Masters in Music in Composition, studying under Giampaolo Bracali and John Corigliano. While studying at MSM, Max was a recipient of the Jon Woolley Merit award for outstanding accomplishment in Composition.
Max began scoring for film and television under the tutelage of Richard Fiocca. After writing music for more than 30 National Geographic, PBS and Discovery Channel documentaries with Richard, Max has gone on to score numerous shows for all the major network and cable television stations.
Among his film credits is an arthouse short directed by Nick Philippou starring Alan Cumming, titled “Kleopatra”.
Album credits include The Corrs' "Borrowed Heaven" and "Dreams" on Atlantic Records, and "Dancing on Tables Barefoot" by Tara Blaise, all produced by Olle Romo.
In the concert hall, Max has been commissioned by numerous ensembles, including Flute Force, The New York Guitar Society, The New Renaissance, and Duo Cavatina, which gave Max his Carnegie Hall debut.
Max's state-of-the-art recording studio is located in the Flatiron district of Manhattan.