Pianist and composer Lorraine Desmarais is known in Canada, the USA, Europe, Mexico, China, Indonesia and Africa for her solo, trio and big band performances. She has also appeared with many symphony orchestras, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Orchestre
symphonique de Laval, the Orchestre symphonique de Québec and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia (Spain). It was in 1984 that her jazz career took off in this country, when the Montreal International Jazz Festival awarded her a first prize. She now has eleven albums of original compositions to her name, including some jazz standards. Three of these albums (Trio Lorraine Desmarais , Jazz pour Noël and Big Band) have received FÉLIX awards at the ADISQ gala. She is also the recipient of numerous prizes, among them the First Prize at the Great Jazz Piano American Competition, the Oscar Peterson Award of the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the composer award from the SOCAN and SPACQ André Gagnon Prize, the Artistic Creation Award of the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec prize and the Ontario Arts Foundation Prize for Keyboard Artistry. In 2011, she received a Doctorat Honoris Causa from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) and the award ‘’Gérard-Hébert’’ from the Festival de Jazz de Québec. In 2013, she was awarded by becoming Member of the Order of Canada and received the Opus Award for performer of the year. from the Conseil Québécois de la Musique. Lorraine Desmarais has appeared in concert with artists of worldwide renown such as, Chick Corea, Jacky Terrasson, the Brubeck Brothers, John Abercrombie Joanne Brackeen, Marian McPartland, Tiger Okoshi, Paquito D’Rivera, Ingrid Jensen, Kenny Wheeler, Guido Basso, Jane Bunnett, Oliver Jones, Michel Donato, Alain Caron, Michel Cusson and the Big Band Diva of New York. Her great versatility has enabled her to work with artists in the classical field such as Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Marc Hervieux, l’Ensemble Caprice, as well as with artists in the popular music scene of Quebec such as Ariane Moffatt, Martin Deschamps,
Jim Corcoran, Michel Rivard, Bruno Pelletier and Sylvain Cossette. She wrote several film scores for the National Film Board of Canada. Upon special commission, she wrote a flute and piano sonata featuring duettists Lise Daoust and Louise Bessette, Odalisque featuring pianist Oliver Jones, and XIIITheme & Variations, for violinist Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà. She also lead a musical radio program entitled « Lorraine Desmarais reçoit... » for Radio- Canada-CBC.