"... not just an unusually talented pianist, but a brilliant composer of ragtime as well...."
Bryan Wright, CEO, Rivermont Records; musicologist and pianist
"Max Keenlyside is a name that bears remembering within the stride fraternity,
especially with such an auspicious entry at such a young age."
Jack Rummel, noted reviewer and performer
A dazzling pianist and formidable composer, Max Keenlyside has made an auspicious entry into the music world. Born in 1991 and starting in music at the age of ten, he has written and performed music in ragtime, stride, and classical styles, gaining a reputation as a top young artist in his field.
In 2009 Max represented Prince Edward Island in the National Artist’s Program, held in the conjunction with the Canada Games. A favourite at jazz and ragtime events around the world, he has headlined at major festivals across North America including the Scott Joplin, West Coast Ragtime, and Blind Boone festivals. While equally at home in ragtime and classical styles, he is especially lauded for his stride and traditional jazz chops. These demanding, two-handed and rich piano styles were crafted by the likes of Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, and James P. Johnson; Max plays them all with stylistic flair and an ear for detail.
Having composed since elementary school, Max has garnered critical acclaim for works in many genres. He wrote the concert band processional music for his own high school graduation, and his “Northern Lights Rag” has become a fixture on the ragtime scene. In 2014, Max completed his Symphony No 1, Op. 27 for orchestra--a 35-minute work in the grand tradition.
In addition to festivals, Max regularly concertizes and has given a program for a live audience on CBC Radio. His debut release, KeenlyStride, was issued in 2010 on the Rivermont label. This was followed by Mostly Max in 2012, featuring a plethora of Max’s original compositions alongside the old classics. Max currently performs around North America, and is completing his undergraduate studies at Mount Allison University.