Biography

Deeply fascinated and inspired by the connections between different forms of artistic expression, Maxime Goulet works within various realms of musical creation ranging from symphonic music to video games, with some chocolate adventures along the way.

Photo by Nadia Zheng of Opustill

Classical Music

A symphony evoking different flavoured chocolates, a fishing story mimed by a costumed clarinetist, a cabaret opera based on a comic book, an 8-bit concertinosymphonic 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 by ensembles such as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain, 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 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, as part of the Brott Music Festival, and for the McGill Chamber Orchestra.

Interview with Maxime Goulet about his composition United Anthems

Interview with Maxime Goulet about his composition Symphonic Chocolates

Video Game Music

Driven by the desire to make music more interactive, Maxime Goulet scored more than 25 video games such as Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade, Roller Coaster Tycoon WorldThe Amazing Spider-Man, Dungeon Hunter-I, II, III, IVShrek Forever AfterBrothers in arms 2: Global Front, Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War, Iron Man 2, Order and Chaos and Backstab. His score for Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade and Dungeon Hunter IV were nominated for best original music at the Canadian Video Game Award. His game music has been described as “supporting the look and feel of the game with both emotion and atmosphere, giving it a close to filmic quality”, “a music that brings out the best of every moment”, “one of the, if not the, best looking and sounding games on the iTunes store”, “a mind blowing soundtrack”, “powerful and effective”, “as epic as you can get” and “a particular standout”.

As composer and conceptor, Maxime Goulet created The Montreal Video Game Symphony, a multi-media event that combines the power of the symphony orchestra and the immersive and interactive world of gaming.

Interview with Maxime Goulet about his music for the video game Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade

Maxime Goulet presents his Montreal Video Game Symphony concert with conductor Dina Gilbert for the 375th Anniversary of the City of Montreal

Education

Maxime Goulet holds a Master’s degree in Composition from the University of Montreal where he studied with Alan Belkin and has participated in the Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop, directed par Gary Kulesha, in addition to master classes at the Festival international du film d’Aubagne in France, at the Orchestration for Film Workshop in New York with Scott Smalely, and at the 2009 ASCAP Flim Scoring Workshop in Los Angeles where he recorded his music with the Hollywood Studio Symphony. He teaches composition at the University of Sherbrooke.

Maxime Goulet was born in Montreal, on June 7th, 1980.

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