Maxim Cormier is an award-winning guitarist, composer, producer and educator from Chéticamp, Nova Scotia. Maxim is trained in classical, jazz and world music with a B.Mus from Dalhousie University in guitar performance. He has performed across Canada and toured in Scotland, England, Australia, and France.
‘Maxim Cormier Plays J.S. Bach’ is Maxim’s latest solo recording, in which he performs classical music differently - with a flat pick on a steel string guitar. This differs from the norm, where classical guitar music is normally played on a nylon string guitar without a pick. “Maxim Cormier plays J.S. Bach" features music originally written for flute, lute, keyboard/voice (featuring mezzo-soprano Aurélie Cormier).
Maxim has won many awards over the years including, ‘Instrumental of the Year’ at International Acoustic Music Awards in 2014 for his composition “Le Grand Boulanger de L’Est”, and ‘Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year’ at Nova Scotia Music Week in 2013, 2014, 2015,2016, 2017, and 2018. He was the 2012 recipient of the ‘Big Sampie Award’ (presented by Lakewind Sound and The Festival Drive’ers Association), which supported the production of his debut album. Maxim’s past nominations include ‘Musician of the Year’ at the Nova Scotia Music Awards 2016, ‘Solo Instrumental Artist of the Year’ at Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2014 and 2013, and ‘Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year’ at the 2014 East Coast Music Awards.
When he’s not working on his music, Maxim spends his time teaching others. He has taught at the Gaelic College in Cape Breton, facilitated workshops for Celtic Colours International Festival’s “Roots to the Room” program, taught guitar with Feis Rois in the highlands of Scotland.