Marianne Trudel

Academic title(s): 

Course Instructor (Jazz Piano; Jazz Combo); Course Lecturer

Marianne Trudel
Music Performance
Contact Information
Email address: 
marianne.trudel [at]
Alternate email address: 
piano [at]

"Trudel always conducts a fine balance between the delicate and the powerful in her music…"  » Robert Bush, NBC San Diego (USA).

“An extraordinary pianist, Marianne Trudel is one of the most respected jazz musicians in Canada. She has made her way on our jazz scene so as to become an authentic and indispensable part of it…” » CBC Radio.

"An influential figure on the national scene in Canada, Marianne Trudel held her audience spellbound with some deeply adventurous, lyrical and utterly personal music." » London Jazz News (UK).

Juno nominated artist, Marianne Trudel is a multi-talented pianist, composer, improvisor, 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, Mexico, France, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, England, Scotland, Italy, Hungary, Lituania, and China.

Recipient of the Award for the best composition-Montreal International Jazz Festival, 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, Kenny Wheeler, Ingrid Jensen, Mark Feldman, Tony Malaby, David Liebman, Mark Dresser, John Hollenbeck, Hamid Drake, William Parker, Mark Helias, George Lewis, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jean Derome, René Lussier, Karen Young and Ranee Lee. 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 Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and the Violons du Roy (Quebec). She has accompanied many poets such as Joséphine Bacon, Patrice Desbiens, José Acquelin, and Louise Dupré. She has composed and arranged for: Violons du Roy (Quebec), the Hard Rubber Orchestra (Vancouver), the American Composers Orchestra (NYC), 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 Bachelor in Jazz Performance (McGill University), a Master in Ethnomusicology (Université de Montréal) and numerous workshops in North America and Europe (Banff Centre for the Arts, Henri Mancini Institute, Vancouver Creative Music workshop, Jazz Orchestra – NYC). She has been invited as a guest lecturer in many universities such as University of Sherbrooke, Université Laval, Memorial University, Bishop University, Guelph University, and theReal CEART Real Colegio de Santa Rosa de Viterbo (Mexico). Marianne Trudel currently teaches jazz piano, jazz arranging and conducts the Big band at Cegep de Saint-Laurent.


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

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