Maxime McKinley was born in 1979 in the Eastern Townships (Quebec), and lives in Montreal. In 2004, he obtained the Prix avec grande distinction from the Conservatoire de Montréal, where he studied composition with Michel Gonneville. In 2009, he completed his doctorate in composition at the Université de Montréal, under the direction of Isabelle Panneton. Since 2007, he has been living regularly in Paris, where he studied with Martin Matalon and Gérard Pesson.
Maxime McKinley has been commissioned by several ensembles and organizations from a wide range of backgrounds, from specialized contemporary music to symphony orchestra, from early instruments to multidisciplinary collaborations. His works have been performed by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (Kent Nagano), Orchestre Métropolitain (Dina Gilbert), Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (Gary Kulesha), Toronto Esprit Orchestra (Alex Pauk), Toronto New Music Concerts (Robert Aitken), among others, Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (Alain Trudel), Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de Montréal (Louis Lavigueur), Camerata de las Américas (Jose Luis Castillo), Clavecin en concert (Luc Beauséjour), Orchestre de la francophonie (Jean-Philippe Tremblay), Orchestre de l'Université de Montréal (Jean-François Rivest), Ensemble Caprice (Matthias Maute), Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (Véronique Lacroix), Transmission, Meitar Ensemble, Quatuor Bozzini, Molinari Quartet, New Orford String Quartet, Tana Quartet, Trio Fibonacci, Trio Hochelaga, Andrew Wan/Jonathan Crow duos, aTonalHits, Mandolini/Poulin, as well as soloists such as Louise Bessette, Caroline Cren, Julie-Anne Derome, Jérôme Ducharme, Pablo Gómez, Vincent Lauzer, Matthias Maute, Matan Porat and Andrea Tyniec, and singers such as Marie-Annick Béliveau, Émilie Laforest and Vincent Ranallo.