Joel Derouin

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Joel Derouin
Birth Place: Cornwall, Ontario, Canada

Joel Derouin (born 1956-07-29) is a Canadian violinist, concert master, composer and music director. In addition to having worked with many popular musicians, he is also known for his work in film, television and theatre.


Born in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada Derouin began violin lessons at the age of five. He soon became one of the first members of the Riverdale String Ensemble under Canadian violinist Rosemonde Laberge, winning music festivals across Canada.[1] He studied at the Le Conservatoire de Musique du Quebec in Montreal from 1970 to 1975 and at The Juilliard School in New York City from 1975 to 1979.[1]

In 1977, when he was 21 years old, he was invited to tour with Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Since then, he has toured with Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Nicks, Barbra Streisand and Rush.

Since the early 1980s, Derouin has worked with Christina Aguilera, Barenaked Ladies, Beck, Mary J. Blige, Michael Buble, Mariah Carey, Vanessa Carlton, Kelly Clarkson, Leonard Cohen, Dido, Aretha Franklin, Ben Harper, Avril Lavigne, Paul McCartney, LeAnn Rimes, Liz Phair, Shakira, Carrie Underwood, and Rufus Wainwright.

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