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Maxime Goulet

Composer

Not only is this approach unique to a classical concert, but the composer himself is unique to the genre.” – Lancaster Online

A symphony evoking different flavored chocolates, a cabaret opera based on a comic book, a piano concerto as a soundtrack for a chess match, symphonic aerobics, a fishing story mimed by a costumed clarinetist… 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 has been performed on five continents by leading ensembles such as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera, the Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Normandy Orchestra, The National Art Center Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Pacific Opera Victoria, the Prague FILMharmonic Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony, Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. He was Composer-in-Residence for the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, as part of the Brott Music Festival, and for the McGill Chamber Orchestra.

Some of his works are now part of orchestra’s regular repertoire. Symphonic Chocolates has been performed more than 70 times, Citius, Altius, Fortius! more than 35 times, and On Halloween Night is performed each year during the Halloween period by many orchestras. These works, and others, are included in the acclaimed David Daniels Orchestral Music Handbook, a sourcebook for planning orchestral programs.

Driven by the desire to make music more interactive, Maxime Goulet scored more than 30 video games such as Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade, Roller Coaster Tycoon World, The Amazing Spider-Man, Dungeon Hunter, Shrek Forever After, Brothers in arms, Iron Man 2 and Order and Chaos.

As composer, conceptor and artistic coordinator, 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.

Maxime Goulet holds a Master’s degree in Composition from the Université de Montréal where he studied with Alan Belkin and has participated in the prestigious ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in Los Angeles.

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Exploring the Sounds of Taste…

Composer Maxime Goulet had a delicious idea – to write a musical suite about chocolate, seguing the sounds through signatures that correspond with various types of chocolate….Then he had an even better idea…READ MORE

A Chess Match…

It was an idea that began as a seed years ago but remained dormant — tucked away in Goulet’s notebook — until…READ MORE

Maxime Goulet

Composer

Not only is this approach unique to a classical concert, but the composer himself is unique to the genre.” – Lancaster Online

A symphony evoking different flavored chocolates, a cabaret opera based on a comic book, a piano concerto as a soundtrack for a chess match, symphonic aerobics, a fishing story mimed by a costumed clarinetist… 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 has been performed on five continents by leading ensembles such as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera, the Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Normandy Orchestra, The National Art Center Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Pacific Opera Victoria, the Prague FILMharmonic Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony, Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. He was Composer-in-Residence for the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, as part of the Brott Music Festival, and for the McGill Chamber Orchestra.

Some of his works are now part of orchestra’s regular repertoire. Symphonic Chocolates has been performed more than 70 times, Citius, Altius, Fortius! more than 35 times, and On Halloween Night is performed each year during the Halloween period by many orchestras. These works, and others, are included in the acclaimed David Daniels Orchestral Music Handbook, a sourcebook for planning orchestral programs.

Driven by the desire to make music more interactive, Maxime Goulet scored more than 30 video games such as Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade, Roller Coaster Tycoon World, The Amazing Spider-Man, Dungeon Hunter, Shrek Forever After, Brothers in arms, Iron Man 2 and Order and Chaos.

As composer, conceptor and artistic coordinator, 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.

Maxime Goulet holds a Master’s degree in Composition from the Université de Montréal where he studied with Alan Belkin and has participated in the prestigious ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in Los Angeles.

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Exploring the Sounds of Taste…

Composer Maxime Goulet had a delicious idea – to write a musical suite about chocolate, seguing the sounds through signatures that correspond with various types of chocolate….Then he had an even better idea…READ MORE

A Chess Match…

It was an idea that began as a seed years ago but remained dormant — tucked away in Goulet’s notebook — until…READ MORE