Max Caplan is a composer and pianist based in the New York Capital Region. He holds an M.M. in Composition from the Hartt School of Music and a B.A. in Music and Classics from Union College in Schenectady. His teachers have included Hilary Tann, Tim Olsen, Max Lifchitz, Larry Alan Smith, and Robert Carl.
As a composer, Caplan has written numerous works for the Musicians of Ma’alwyck, including his one-act chamber opera, Aleda: The Flight of the Suff Birdwomen (2018), a celebration of the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State. The opera’s score was praised in the Albany Times Union as “invigorating and inspiring” and Caplan’s original libretto as “highly effective.”
As a pianist, Caplan is the staff accompanist for Congregation Gates of Heaven in Niskayuna, First Reformed Church in Schenectady, and Union College, and has accompanied at Schenectady County Community College, Siena College, and Niskayuna High School. He is a frequent collaborator with the Musicians of Ma’alwyck and Siena College’s Clare Ensemble Singers, and a frequent guest on the Eddie-Award-winning “Jazz Vespers” series at First Reformed Church in Schenectady. He has performed at such historic venues as Carnegie Hall, the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C., and the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.