An orchestral suite meant to accompany chocolate tasting, a piano concerto as a soundtrack for a chess game, a fishing story mimed by a costumed clarinetist, a crowd game for beach ball and orchestra, an 8-bit concertino, a workout for orchestra, a mashup of 35 anthems… With his communicative musical language and the originality of his concepts, the Montreal based composer 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 have been performed across the world by leading ensembles such as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera, the Orchestre Régional de Normandie, the National Art Center Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, the Toledo Symphony, Ensemble symphonique de Neuchâtel, the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Pacific Opera Victoria, Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, the Endless Mountain Music Festival Orchestra, ROCO, 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, and the Stratford Symphony Orchestra.
His works are now part of orchestra’s regular repertoire. Symphonic Chocolates has been performed more than 75 times, Citius, altius, fortius! more than 35 times, and On Halloween Night is performed each year during the Halloween period by many orchestras. Some of his works are included in the acclaimed David Daniels Orchestral Music Handbook, a sourcebook for planning orchestral programs. Also, the soprano aria “Song of Persistence”, from his opera The Flight of the Hummingbird, is part of the Canadian Opera Anthology.
The album Symphonie de la tempête de verglas, recorded by the Orchestre Classique de Montréal, features his works Ice Storm Symphony, What a Day, and Fishing Story. His mash-up United Anthems was recorded by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and is featured on the album Canada Mosaic – Sesquies. 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 composing an orchestral work for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra as well as an opera for the Vancouver Opera and the Pacific Opera Victoria. Both works are planned to be premiered during the 2024-2025 season.