Catherine Meunier is the first percussionist to win the prestigious Prix d’Europe. Her debut CD “Night Chill” is acclaimed by critics: “Montreal percussionist Catherine Meunier shines throughout” (The WholeNote, December 2009). As a soloist and chamber musician, Catherine has given concerts in Canada, Mexico, Taiwan and Japan. She has been a guest soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Mexico, the Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke, the Orchestre symphonique Longueuil and Ensemble Prestissimo. She is an active performer of contemporary music, having premiered many works for marimba and percussion. As a freelance musician, Catherine has played with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, I Musici chamber orchestra, National Ballet Orchestra, and Société de musique contemporaine du Québec to name a few. Catherine teaches percussion at the Crane School of Music at SUNY-Potsdam. She completed her Doctorate degree in Music in Performance at the Université de Montréal. She also holds degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, McGill University, and University of Sherbrooke. Her teachers include Robert Van Sice, Serge Desgagnés, Andrei Malashenko, D’Arcy Gray, Pierre Béluse and Mario Boivin.
In 2015 Catherine won the Principal Percussion opening at Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières. Founded in 1978, the OSTR is conducted by internationally acclaimed conductor Jacques Lacombe.
Catherine is also endorsed by the Pearl/Adams Corporation.