Maxime McKinley studied composition with Michel Gonneville and Isabelle Panneton in Montreal, as well as with Martin Matalon and Gérard Pesson in Paris. His works have been performed all over Canada and many other countries in the Americas and Europe by some of the finest soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestras. He won the Opus Prizes “Article of the Year” (2015), “Composer of the Year” (2014), the Prix d’Europe de composition (2009), eleven prizes in the Socan Foundation competition for young composers (between 2003 and 2011), and the Prix collégien de musique contemporaine (2011). His writings have appeared in Quebec and France, including articles in Circuit, musiques contemporaines (for which he has been the admistrative director and editorial secretary from 2010 to 2012), as well as poetry in Le Quartanier and Les écrits. He was composer in residence at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur from September 2011 to May 2014. He is currently working on a research-creation project after the poetry of Philippe Beck, at the Chaire de recherche du Canada en esthétique et poétique (UQAM), with the support of Fonds de recherche du Québec sur la société et la culture (FRQSC).