Maxim Cormier is an international award-winning Canadian guitar virtuoso and composer, and has released four albums of his genre-bending instrumental recordings to date. Described as “a revelation”, Maxim’s performances are influenced by classical, jazz, and world music, impressing audiences across Canada, Scotland, England, Australia, and France. He is trained in classical, jazz, and world music and has a Bachelor of Music from Dalhousie University in guitar performance. 

Maxim Cormier Plays J.S. Bach is Maxim’s 2017 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. The album won and was nominated for national and regional awards, adding to Maxim’s list of accolades, which includes several nominations from the Canadian Folk Music Awards and East Coast Music Association for his previous recordings. That same year, Maxim released an album with his father, Gervais Cormier, titled Cape Breton Guitar.

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, and was a guitar teacher at Feis Rois in the highlands of Scotland and at Fiddly Ness in Ness Creek, Saskatchewan. Maxim’s new album, Landlock, is set for release on June 11, 2020. 

“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
2014 Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year: Maxim Cormier 2 (Nominee)

Music Nova Scotia Awards
2018 Trad/Roots Recording of the Year: Cape Breton Guitar (Winner)
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013 Francophone/Acadian Artist of the Year (Winner)
2018 and 2017 Educator of the Year (Nominee)
2017 Classical Recording of the Year: Maxim Cormier Plays J.S Bach (Nominee)
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)