Max Tofone is a musician, composer and sound artist based in the southern Italian region of Switzerland, in the Alps near the St. Gotthard pass.
He began learning piano and music theory at the age of seven with a local piano teacher. During his teenage years he continued his musical studies with various piano and music teachers, performing in local rock bands and experimental music groups. He began composing music using keyboard workstations, synthesizers, combining his intuitive approach with music notation.
In 1995 he emigrated to Scotland to further his music studies and to learn the English language. He spent one year at the Perth Rock Music college. During that time he performed keyboards/piano with some local Scottish bands like the "Breakfast Club", "Soul Collective" and the popular samba band "Rhythm Wave" directed by composer & percussionist Ronald Goodman.
His immense passion for classical music and the orchestra took him to Glasgow where in 1998 he was accepted at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He graduated in 2001 with a B.A. in Musical studies, composition and electro-acoustic music under composer John Maxwell Geddes and Alistair MacDonald.
Over the years his growing fascination for music combined with technology motivated him to discover the complex world of sequencers, samplers, virtual instruments and notation software. He began to incorporate these incredible tools in his music creations and productions.
Max is very fond of world music and ethnic instruments from around the planet. He plays several wind instruments such as Low Whistles, Native American flutes, Arabian flutes, etc., and some of them are to be heard in his compositions. His musical style is a blend of ethnic instrument combinations, classical orchestral instruments, electronic elements, sound design and natural sounds. He is always exploring fresh avenues for creating sonic atmospheres that will carry the listener on inner journeys, evoking specific images and emotions.
Over the years Max has also worked extensively as a freelance music copyist, engraver and proof-reader, some of his clients have been internationally renowned composers like Sally Beamish, Rory Boyle and many others; he is also involved as a Beta tester for some of the most recognizable and cutting-edge music software companies and sample library developers around the world.
Max Tofone is the author of a didactic book entitled Street Smart Guide to Sibelius 6 based on the award winning notation software Sibelius and he is also the owner of MT Music Services, a company specializing in professional music copying & engraving.