“I love that music is accessible to everyone. Anyone can feel it. Yet, it’s complex enough to be a life long journey.”
– Maxim Cormier
Having played guitar since he was 11 years old, Maxim Cormier, a student of guitar performance at Dalhousie University, now balances his days as a full-time student, solo guitarist, composer and freelancing musician. Cormier’s dedication to instrumental guitar, both with the use of a pick or in pure finger style, is beautifully captured in his self-titled 2012 release Maxim Cormier.
A third year student at Dalhousie University, Cormier’s guitar playing demands the listener’s attention as he effortlessly provides a musical experience that is truly peaceful and yet extremely complex. It is this presentation of dynamic emotion and style that fuels every note Cormier hits.
Cormier’s original works are largely comprised of acoustic guitar that highlights a contemporary, modern approach to otherwise classic sounds. The word “versatility” best defines Cormier’s virtuosic talent as at a young age he masterfully performs styles as diverse as jazz blues and traditional Celtic music.
His life long journey in music is one that, lucky for us, started early and will no doubt continue to be a fruitful endeavor. In 2012, Cormier was awarded the Drive’ers Association and Lakewind Sound’s Big Sampie Award. In addition to this award, Cormier’s talent has been featured at the Celtic Colours Festival and appreciated in collaboration with Grammy Award winning Gordie Sampson.
This writer agrees – music lovers of all ages are guaranteed to find comfort in Cormier’s style blending and unique sound. His is a name that one is best served to remember and keep an eye on.