Lorraine Desmarais has taken Canadian jazz beyond our borders. A renowned pianist and composer, she is known for the ease of her continuous improvisation and for her unique style. Her original repertoire—performed solo, as a trio, or by Big Band ensembles—has earned her invitations to music events around the world. Because of the quality of her playing, she is also invited to perform as a guest soloist with renowned symphony orchestras. In addition to being a talented musician, she is also a teacher. For over 30 years, she has been teaching jazz piano at the Cégep de Saint-Laurent and giving master classes to the next generation of musicians.