Maxime McKinley

(b. 1979, Sherbrooke, Québec).

Canadian composer of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed in Europe and North America.

Mr. McKinley studied composition with Michel Gonneville at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal, where he graduated with the Prix avec Grande Distinction in 2004. He then studied composition with Isabelle Panneton at the Université de Montréal, where he earned his DMus in 2009. He also studied composition privately with Martín Matalon in Paris in 2007, on a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, and 2010, on a grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

Among his honours are selection to participate in the Young Composers Program of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa (2005) and the project Génération 2006 of Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal (2006), the Prix d'Europe from the government of Québec (2009), and the Prix collégien de musique contemporaine (2011).

He is also active in other positions. He has served on the artistic committee of the ensemble and organisation Société de musique contemporaine du Québec in Montréal since 2008 and the national council of the Canadian League of Composers since 2009. He has written articles and poems for the journal Circuit and the review Le Quartanier, both in Montréal. He served as administrative director and editorial secretary of Circuit from 2010–12 and has served on its editorial committee since 2012. He served as composer-in-residence at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montréal from 2011–14.





Re : ...être cela même..., 2 female performance-artists (one + music box), guitar, 2009 (version of ...être cela même...; collaboration with Sophie Castonguay, Mathieu Marcoux)


Devri Kebir l'inventeur, 2002

Wirkunst-Kundera, 2003–06 (its two sections may be performed separately: La Vie est ailleurs [Wirkunst-Kundera I], 2003–04; Les Testaments trahis [Wirkunst-Kundera II], 2005–06)

Wirkunst-Pellan, 2006

Wirkunst-Yourcenar, 2007

Concerto 'Fisher-Price', recorder, small orchestra (15 players), 2008–09

Postseason, clarinet, violin, piano, small orchestra, 2010

Bondye konn bay men li pa konn separe, DJ, orchestra, 2012 (collaboration with DJ Champion)

Dans de la nature, English horn, basset horn, French horn, orchestra, 2013


Figures de sable, guitar, 1998

Kategemon-proposis, guitar, violin, cello, percussion, 1998

Intermittences cérébrales et/ou rotor cervical, trombone, 1999

Solspic, piccolo, 1999

Microscopie d'étoiles, 7 trumpets, 2000

Hommage à Jean-Paul Riopelle, piccolo, 6 flutes, bass flute, 2000

Zénon l'alchimiste, cello, 2001 (shorter version of vocal work)

Le Taureau bleu, oboe, bass clarinet, violin, viola, double bass, 2001

...être cela même..., guitar, 2002 (also stage version as Re : ...être cela même..., 2 female performance-artists [one + music box], guitar [collaboration with Sophie Castonguay, Mathieu Marcoux])

Tombeau de Dietrich Buxtehude, 4 French horns, 4 B-flat trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, baritone horn, tuba, 2 percussion, 2003

Wirkunst-Forum, violin, cello, piano, 2004–05

Wirkunst-Fellini, flute (+ piccolo), clarinet (+ E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet), bassoon (+ contrabassoon), French horn, trumpet, harp, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, percussion, 2005

Wirkunst-Gómez, guitar, ensemble (flute [+ piccolo], clarinet [+ bass clarinet], French horn, trombone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, percussion), 2006

Wirkunst-Nijinski, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 2007

Sorciers manga, 4 harpsichords, ensemble (2 violins, viola, cello, double bass), 2008

Territoire Lune, violin, 2009

Mandala, guitar, 2010

Mauricio, violin, cello, piano, 2010

Hommage à Louis C. Tiffany, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 2011

1998, flute, clarinet, piano, 2011

Les Pavements de San Marco I, violin, piano, 2012

Machine détraquée, violin, viola, cello, piano, 2012

Sept Proximités (suite), 2 violins, 2013

Les Pavements de San Marco II, viola, fixed media, 2013

Machine désirante, violin, viola, cello, piano, 2013


Zénon l'alchimiste (text by the composer), tenor–speaker, 2 flutes, oboe, French horn, trumpet, 2 guitars, 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, 2 double basses, synthesizer, 2001–02 (also shorter version for cello)

Quatre Miroirs-loukoum précédés par Le salon (text by the composer), soprano, percussion, fixed media, 2003

La Voix de Perceval (text by Tania Langlais), baritone (+ singing bowl), violin, viola da gamba, 2009

Mort objet petit a (text by the composer, after Jacques Lacan, St. Teresa of Ávila), baritone (+ crotale), piano, 2012


An example of making anything signify anything, 2011


Wirkunst-Lorca, harpsichord, fixed media, 2004, revised 2007


Transports (sound installation), 2007 (collaboration with Joël-Aimé Beauchamp)