Max Werner was born in 1953, the second of five children in a family of musicians. His father was a cellist, and his mother a pianist. Both of his grandfathers, as well as two of his aunts, made a living with classical music. When Max was three years old, his mother decided to teach him the secret of "getting some civilized noise" out of a huge thing called - of all things - a grand piano. Up to this point, young Max had shown a remarkable ability to create noise with common kitchen utensils. Even at this young age, it was clear that Max would somehow end up a musician.