Marianne Trudel

  • Saint-Michel-de-Bellechase (Québec), 1977
  • Composer • Performer (piano, accordion, voice) • Improviser

Marianne Trudel is a multi-talented pianist, composer, improviser, and arranger. At once energetic and passionate, her music cross-cuts a wide swath of musical interests. As a performer, she pursues an active career in a variety of settings ranging from solo performance to duo, Trifolia, Marianne Trudel 4 + Ingrid Jensen, septet, and large ensembles. She has presented her music in various countries: Canada, United States of America, Mexico, France, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, England, Scotland, Italy, Hungary, Lituania, and China.

She has released 6 recordings as a leader, all having garnered rave reviews:

  • La vie commence ici — Marianne Trudel featuring Ingrid Jensen (Justin Time Records, 2014) — Nomination at Juno Awards, Nomination ADISQ 2015
  • Le Refuge, Trifolia (2013) — Prix Opus 2013 & Nomination at Juno Awards
  • Espoir et autres pouvoirs, Marianne Trudel Septet (Effendi Records, 2011) — Nomination at ADISQ 2011 & Finalist at Opus 2010-11
  • L’embarquée, Duo Trudel-Bourbonnais (2009)
  • Sands of Time (Live), Quintette Marianne Trudel (2007)
  • Espaces libres, solo piano (2005)

Recipient of the Prix Étoiles Galaxie de Radio-Canada (Montréal International Jazz Festival 2007), Marianne Trudel has presented multiple artistic projects that not only bring her considerable skills to the fore but also her keen sense of creativity.

She has shared the stage with many international artists, among others, in jazz and improvised music: Chucho Valdes, Mark Feldman, Tony Malaby, David Liebman, Mark Dresser, Kenny Wheeler, Ingrid Jensen, Hamid Drake, William Parker, Mark Helias, George Lewis, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jean Derome, René Lussier, and Karen Young. In chanson française and world / traditional music: Charles Aznavour, Lena Chamamyan, Farida, Naseer Shamma, Charbel Rouhana, Juan Carlos Caceres and Laura Risk. Marianne Trudel also presented concerts with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, the Québec City Symphony Orchestra and Les Violons du Roy (Québec). She has accompanied many poets such as Joséphine Bacon, Patrice Desbiens, José Acquelin, and Louise Dupré. She has composed and arranged for: Les Violons du Roy (Québec), the American Composers Orchestra (New York City), the Henri Mancini Institute Orchestra (Los Angeles), the Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal, the chamber music Ensemble Arkea (Montréal), Oktoecho (Montréal) and for Radio-Canada (Première Chaîne).

Her previous studies have included a Master in Ethnomusicology (Université de Montréal), a Bachelor in Jazz Performance (McGill University), and numerous workshops in North America and Europe.