Canadian composer, organist and teacher Rachel Laurin was born in Saint-Benoît on 11 August 1961, began composition lessons aged nineteen with Raymond Daveluy and studied at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal, where she later taught from 1988.
She was assistant organist at Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal in Montreal (1986-2002), and was organist at Notre Dame Cathedral in Ottawa (2002-6).
From 2006 she was a 'house composer' at Wayne Leupold Editionsin the USA.
She gained first place in the 2009 Marilyn Mason New Organ Music Competition, she received the Distinguished Composer Award from the American Guild of Organists in 2020 and she won the Pogorzelski-Yankee Composition Competition in 2022.
Rachel Laurin died on 13 August 2023, aged sixty-two, at St Vincent Hospital in Ottawa.
Ensemble. Superb and Imaginative Playing - Roderic Dunnett marks Thomas Trotter's forty years as Birmingham City Organist by reviewing a special anniversary recital and investigating the artist's large output on the Regent Records label
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