Composer Maxime McKinley (b. 1979) studied with Michel Gonneville (“Prix avec grande distinction” from the Conservatoire de Montréal, 2004) and Isabelle Panneton (doctorate in music from Université de Montréal, 2009). He subsequently studied in Paris with Martin Matalon and Gérard Pesson.
He has won Opus awards for composer of the year (2014) and article of the year (2015), the Prix d’Europe de composition (2009), 11 SOCAN Foundation Young Composers Awards (2003– 2011), and the Prix collégien de musique contemporaine (2011).
His works are regularly performed in Canada and around the world by renowned soloists, ensembles, and orchestras. He was composer-in-residence at Montréal’s Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur from September 2011 to May 2014 and, in 2016, completed a research creation project on poetry by Philippe Beck at UQAM’s Canada Research Chair in Aesthetics and Poetics with the support of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC). His writing – poetry and musicological articles – has been published in Canada and France, particularly in the journal Circuit, musiques contemporaines, of which he has been editor-in-chief and director since 2016. In 2017, his discourse with composer Pascal Dusapin (correspondence and discussions) was made into a book published by Les Presses universitaires du Septentrion.