After piano studies at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Roxanne Turcotte focused on composition and music technology, earning a master’s degree in electroacoustic composition from the Université de Montréal, where she studied under Marcelle Deschênes, Francis Dhomont and Serge Garant.
Active as a composer and sound designer, Turcotte has built her aesthetics around a cinema-like art of integration. She also creates and performs music for television, cinema, radio, the stage, the Internet, and circus arts, in addition to creating sound, music, and visual installations. She is asked to sit on composition juries, and she regularly performs composition training sessions and workshops.
Turcotte has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ). Under her belt, she has ten recordings, a few publications, numerous concerts with various music ensembles, and multiple tours and concerts in Canada, the USA, and Europe.
The music of Roxanne Turcotte has won numerous awards and distinctions: International New Music Composers Competition (USA, 1987, ’89), Hugh Le Caine Award from the SOCAN Foundation (Canada, 1985, ’89), Luigi Russolo International Competition (Italy, 1989), 6th “Villes manifestes” Radio Art Competition (La Muse en circuit, France, 2005), Bourges Electroacoustic and Sound Art International Competition (France, 2005, ’07, ’08), and Prix collégien de musique contemporaine (Sherbrooke, Québec, 2010).
Her electroacoustic works have been programmed by several events, such as: Cent jours d’art contemporain de Montréal (1985), World Music Days (Oslo, Norway; 1990), Palomar exhibit in Montréal (with photographer Martine Doyon, 1994), Jeunesses musicales of Canada (1994), Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival in Gainesville (USA, 1996), Festival Montréal en lumière (with lighting engineer François Doyon, 2000), Synthèse in Bourges (France, 2000, ’03), Aujourd’hui Musiques in Perpignan (France, 2000), Futura in Crest (France, 1999 & 2006), GMEM in Marseille (France, 2002), Zeppelin in Barcelona (Spain, 2004), Archipel in Geneva (Switzerland, 2005), Akousma (5) in Montréal (with lighting engineer François Doyon, 2005), Flora International in Montréal (with composers André Hamel and Diane Labrosse, 2006), Musique dans la rue in Aix-en-Provence (France, 2007), Erreur de type 27 in Québec City (2008), and Festival of New Music Now Hear This in Edmonton (Canada, 2014).
Roxanne Turcotte is currently working on the integration of sound installations and live performance.