Max Pankau



Chicago-based composer Max Pankau (b. 1984) is a native of Houston, Texas, and has lived throughout the world. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in composition at DePaul University, where his primary teachers include Kurt Westerberg, Christopher Wendell Jones and Seung-Ah Oh. Max has a broad range of musical interests and influences; he is equally at home listening to the music of Haydn, Mozart, Schumann, Helmut Lachenmann, Giacinto, Scelsi, Art Tatum, Sarah Vaughan, “Weird Al” Yankovic or The Louvin Brothers. His music has been performed throughout the US by various artists including members of 5th House Ensemble, Third Coast Percussion, Palomar Ensemble, and on Chicago’s 98.7 WFMT. His current work is focused around timbral and microtonal shifts on the same pitch, and innovative ways of using open fifths.

Max has also been an active horn player since the early 2000s. He received a bachelor’s degree in horn performance from DePaul University in 2011. His principal teachers include Oto Carillo and Jonathan Boen. Before attending DePaul University, Max played for four years with the 76th US Army Band stationed in Mannheim, Germany. With the 76th, he toured Europe playing both private military functions and civilian concerts, and also served a tour in Iraq. His current performance-related pursuits involve bringing new music for solo horn to a wider audience, and freelancing in Chicago.

Find out more about Max through his website and Facebook page.


Expanse Trio
for flute, french horn, and piano


Four Caricatures – I.Hammer Toss, II.What Else?, III.Delta Boy, IV.Ok Maceo
for trumpet, saxophones (soprano,alto,tenor), bassoon,and piano