Maxim Cormier is an award-winning Metis and Acadian guitarist and composer from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He 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 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’s fourth studio album, ‘Maxim and Gervais Cormier: Cape Breton Guitar’ is a Celtic duo album with his father, Gervais, was released December 1 2017.
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.
“His desire to do things differently led to his playing classical guitar with a flatpick, and it's not just a worthy experiment, it's a revelation.” (Bob Mersereau/Top 100 Canadian Blog)
Independent Music Awards
2018 Instrumental EP of the Year: Maxim Cormier Plays J.S. Bach (Winner)
2015 Song - World Traditional: Cape Breton Medley (Nominee)
East Coast Music Awards
2018 Indigenous Artist of the Year (Pending)
2014 Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year: Maxim Cormier 2 (Nominee)
Music Nova Scotia Awards
2017 Classical Recording of the Year: Maxim Cormier Plays J.S Bach (Nominee)
2017 Educator of the Year (Nominee)
2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 Francophone/Acadian Artist of the Year (Winner)
2016 Musician of the Year (Nominee)
2014 Jazz Recording of the Year: Maxim Cormier 2 (Nominee)
2013 Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year: Maxim Cormier Debut (Nominee)
International Acoustic Music Awards
2014 Instrumental of the Year: Le Grand Boulanger de L'est (Winner)
2015 Instrumental of the Year (Nominee)
Celtic Colour's Volunteer Drive'ers Association
2012 Big Sampie Award (Winner)
Canadian Folk Music Awards
2014 Solo Instrumental Artist of the Year: Maxim Cormier 2 (Nominee)
2013 Solo Instrumental Artist of the Year: Maxim Cormier Debut (Nominee)
USA Song Competition
2014 Instrumental: Danielle (Nominee)