Max Berlin

Whether as a composer, songwriter, or producer, Max Berlin believes that great stories deserve great music. Max has passion and experience in multiple musical styles, including jazz, R&B, studio orchestra, and indie pop—the latter showcased in his new singer-songwriter project Berlin w/ Strings. His musical voice has also reached an audience of millions through Pixel Playhouse: a YouTube and social media channel dedicated to original narrative music in a cinematic orchestral style.

Based in Los Angeles, Max works actively in the film music industry—having serviced the music of John Williams, Ludwig Göransson, and countless others for the recording stage. Max is a busy orchestrator and arranger of film music, having recently collaborated with composer Pierre Charles in the feature documentary The White Coat Rebels (2021) and the upcoming Netflix movie They Cloned Tyrone (2022).

While studying at the Eastman School of Music, Max served as artistic and music director to the Empire Film and Media Ensemble (EFAME)—a nonprofit organization dedicated to the live performance of film music. Max’s final event with EFAME was in partnership with composer Jeff Beal and the One Take Documentary Film Festival to produce a live to picture performance of the 2019 documentary film The Biggest Little Farm. Max later reprised his role as the accordion and melodica chair for The Biggest Little Farm Live to Picture in Concert at the historic Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.

Berlin w/ Strings

Berlin w/ Strings is my homage to the studio strings outside of symphony hall. Blending influences from film music, music theater, studio orchestra, and indie pop, Berlin w/ Strings enters new territory as both an ensemble and concept for contemporary narrative music.