He is a graduate of Laval University (B.Mus 1977 and M.Mus in 1979). He studied music composition in the Neue Musik Theater class of Mauricio Kagel in Cologne followed by studies with György Ligeti until 1985. As a Professor of Composition at McGill University, he conducts the Contemporary Music Ensemble and organises the festivals Montréal Nouvelles-Musiques and MusiMars.
Bouliane has received commissions from various ensembles including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Trio Fibonacci, Bozzini Quartet, Goethe Institute of San Francisco, and Pinchas Zuckerman. In 1987 he was awarded the Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music for À propos... et le baron perché.
Denys Bouliane's major works include:
- Le Cactus rieur et la demoiselle qui souffrait d'une soif insatiable MP3 Sample
- Concerto for Orchestra (Variations without a theme)
- Concerti for various instruments
- Wind quintet
- Jeux de société for wind quintet and piano