A native of Rimouski, Rachel Therrien is considered one of the most promising trumpeters and composers on the Québec music scene. A graduate of the popular music program at Cégep Lionel-Groulx, she kicked off her career at the age of 15, setting off on tour with Québec Alliance and opening for Gregory Charles with singer Karine Sainte-Marie. With a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz performance from the Université de Montréal, she was mentored by Ron Di Lauro, joining the ranks of his renowned Big Band. She also studyied classical music, jazz and Latin percussion at the University of Arts Cuba / Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana before refining her talents with such New York jazz grandmasters as Dave Douglas and John McNeil. In 2009, she launched her own project, the Rachel Therrien Quintet, blending traditional jazz influences (Chet Baker, Miles Davis) with West Indian, classical, African, Afro-Cuban and progressive rock. The group’s 2011 debut album On Track received extensive critical acclaim. Three years later, Rachel Therrien and her quintet launched Home Inspiration, a 2nd emotionally-charged album with improvisational lines enhanced by refined musical orchestration. In 2015, Therrien received the 2015 TD Grand Jazz Award.
Winner of the 2015 TD Grand Jazz Award.