Rachel Laurin was Associate Organist at St-Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal, from 1986 to 2002 and Titular Organist at Notre Dame Cathedral, Ottawa, from 2002 to 2006. Since then, she devotes herself to composition, concerts, lectures and workshops. Born in the village of St-Benoît, Québec, she received most of her musical training with Raymond Daveluy in Montreal. Other teachers include Gaston and Lucienne Arel (organ), Raoul Sosa (piano) and Nick Ayoub (jazz).
She has performed organ recitals in major cities in Canada, the United States and Europe, and has made more than eleven recordings as a soloist and with choirs and ensembles. In 2000 in Montreal, and 2001, in Ottawa, she played the six organ Symphonies by Louis Vierne, in three recitals. In 2002, at the inauguration of the Edmonton Winspear Centre’s new Létourneau organ, she Premiered the Jacques Hétu’s Concerto for Organ with the ESO conducted by Mario Bernardi. She played it subsequently at the Ottawa’s National Arts Center and at the Metropolitan United Church, in Toronto, in 2008 and 2009. She has also performed the Raymond Daveluy’s Organ Concerto with the Hamilton National Academy Orchestra.
Rachel Laurin is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and member of the “Ottawa New Music Creators”. She has composed more than fifty works for various instruments, instrumental ensembles and orchestra. These works have been performed and recorded in major cities in America, Europe, Asia and South Africa. She released a complete CD devoted to her chamber music. Her compositions are published by Les Éditions Lucarel, Doberman, RCCO Publications (Canada), Europart (France), Hinshaw Music and Wayne Leupold Editions (USA) where she is “House Composer” since 2006. She has won many awards including the « Prix Conrad-Letendre », the Holtkamp-AGO Composition Competition 2008, and the First Prize at the Marilyn Mason New Organ Music Competition 2009. Her recent compositions include the Fantasy for harp and organ, Op.52, to be premiered in July 2010 at the National Convention of the AGO, Washington, D.C., and her Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op.46, to be premiered fall 2010. She is now working on her Second Organ Symphony (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY).