Max Riefer is passionate about new music, having founded his first new music ensemble at the age of 18. Currently, he is the percussionist with Inverspace
(Switzerland) and Zero Crossing (Germany/Singapore). He has also played with Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt) and Zeitkratzer (Berlin). He served as artistic director and conductor of Shin (Japan) and
is currently artistic director and conductor of the ICS-Ensemble (Malaysia).
In 2015, Max Riefer was appointed as "Chair of Percussion Studies" at Universiti Teknologi Mara UiTM in Malaysia. Previously, he served as a lecturer on the percussion faculty at Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland from 2010 to 2012. Furthermore, he had been invited as guest lecturer at various universities in the UK, and Southeast Asia.
Riefer has premiered pieces written for him by renowned composers, including Dieter Mack, James Clarke, Nicolaus A. Huber, Keiko Harada, and Thomas Lauck. He has also had the honour to work in various projects with percussionists such as Bob Becker, Emmanuel Sejourné, and Fritz Hauser.
He has performed at international festivals including MaerzMusik (Berlin), Tokyo Experimental Festival (Japan), Wien Modern (Austria), two days and two nights of new music (Odessa, Ukraine), CRACKING BAMBOO (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand), and the Soundways Festival (St. Petersburg, Russia). Riefer's concerts were recorded and broadcasted at radio stations such as the DeutschlandRadio Kultur, DLF, Saarländischer Rundfunk, SWR 2 (all Germany), and BBC 3 (United Kingdom).
After focusing mainly on instrumental-acoustical projects, Riefer has broaden his sphere with intercultural and interdisciplinary projects involving dance, acting, electro-acoustical music or video. Among his partners are Toby Wulff (video artist), Peter I. Edwards (live-electronics), Yih Kah Hoe (composition), or Lee Swee Keong (Choreography).