A symphony evoking different flavoured chocolates, a fishing story mimed by a costumed clarinetist, a cabaret opera based on a comic book, a crowd game for orchestra and a giant beach ball, an 8-bit concerto, symphonic aerobics… With his communicative musical language and the originality of his concepts, Maxime Goulet connects with audiences from all kinds of backgrounds and experiences, from youth audiences to savvy music aficionados. His music is written in a contemporary tonal style and has been described as “skillful, immediately pleasant and very cinematographic”, “melodic and narrative”, “a mix of simplicity, of modernity and of humour”, and “an immediate connection with the audience”. His album Symphonic Chocolates has been described as “an off-the-wall idea that makes classical music more festive”.
His works has been performed on four continents by leading ensembles such as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà, the National Art Center Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony, the Orchestre Régional de Normandie, the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, the Endless Mountain Music Festival Orchestra, the Oakville Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de Laval, the Conway Symphony Orchestra, the Stratford Symphony Orchestra and the Alcan String Quartet.
His Olympic ouverture Citius, altius, fortius! is featured on the album Les plaisirs coupables of the Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke and on the album Jean-Willy Kunz Au grand orgue de Pierre-Béique. His orchestral suite Symphonic Chocolates was recorded by the Prague FILMharmonic Orchestra and is featured on the album Chocolats symphoniques.
Maxime Goulet was Composer-in-Residence for the National Academy Orchestra of Canada (2011-2012), as part of the Brott Music Festival, and for the McGill Chamber Orchestra (2013-2014).
He is currently compositing the piano concertino Checkmate, commissioned by the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (in Houston), and the opera Flight of the Hummingbird, commissioned by the Vancouver Opera and the Pacific Opera Victoria.