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Rachel Laurin was born in l96l, in St-Benoît, Province of Quebec, Canada. After her studies at the Montreal Conservatory, she became Associate Organist of Raymond Daveluy at St-Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal (1986-2002), and from 2002 to 2006, she was Titular Organist at Notre Dame Cathedral, Ottawa. She now devotes herself to composition, recitals, master classes and lectures.
She has performed organ recitals in major cities in Canada, the United States and Europe, and has made more than twelve recordings on Motette, Musicus, Musicus/Fidelio, Analekta, SRC (Radio-Canada), Riche Lieu, DJA, BND, and Raven labels. Rachel Laurin is well known as an improviser, and she has had many opportunities to teach this art in many schools including the Montreal Conservatory, the Summer School of Sacred Music in Épinal, France, and in many workshops and academies in Canada and USA. During the 2009-2010 season, she was “Distinguished Guest Artist” at Yale University (New Haven, CT). She was also invited at the Mount Royal College (Calgary, AB), University of Alberta (Edmonton), Baylor University (Waco, TX), Syracuse University (NY), Kansas City University (MO), St. Thomas University (Minneapolis, MN) among others, for recitals and teaching.
Rachel Laurin is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre. She has composed more than a hundred works for solo instruments, voice, instrumental ensembles and orchestra. These works have been performed and recorded in major cities throughout the world. Five complete CDs are devoted to some of her organ compositions and chamber music, on labels ATMA, Acis and Raven. Her compositions are published by Doberman, RCCO Music Publications (Canada), Europart (France), Hinshaw Music (Fred Bock) and Wayne Leupold Editions (USA) where she has been “House Composer” since 2006. She has won many awards, including the « Prix Conrad-Letendre », the Holtkamp-AGO Composition Award in 2008, and the first Prize in the Marilyn Mason New Organ Music Competition in 2009.
A feature-length program devoted to her work as a composer and organist, titled “Rachel’s Children”, was broadcast by American Public Media’s PIPEDREAMS presented by Michael Barone, in October 2012. Detailed Programme/Listen
Rachel Laurin is a member of the "Comité d'Honneur de la Fédération Francophone des Amis de l'Orgue", since 2016.