Nicole Trotier was already an active professional musician while still a student, playing as a supernumerary member of the Québec City symphony orchestra for several years and then as a permanent member from 1984 to 1992. In 1984, she also joined L’Ensemble Nouvelle France and developed an interest in the Baroque violin, receiving a grant in 1986 from the Canada Council to study the instrument in London with Ingrid Seifert. Since then, she has performed with many different groups, including Tafelmusik in Toronto and Arion, Les Nations, Le Studio de musique ancienne and Les Boréades in Montréal, and has appeared at the Lamèque International Early Music Festival and the Klang & Raum Musikfestival in Kloster Irsee, Germany.
Nicole Trotier was born in Québec City, and studied at the Conservatory with Jean Angers and Jean-Louis Rousseau. She graduated in 1984 with diplomas in violin and chamber music. From 1979 to 1981, she took part in summer sessions at the Meadowmount School of Music with teachers Sally Thomas, Joseph Gingold and Earl Carlyss. In 1982, she studied in Toulouse with Calvin Sieb, and was also a finalist in the Young Virtuosos competition organized by CBC television.
In 1984, Nicole Trotier joined with other young professional musicians to found the chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy, becoming the group’s concertmaster. Since then she has performed widely with the orchestra, and has appeared many times as a soloist. She is also a founding member of Le Quatuor Québec (1987) and La Bande Baroque (1990).
Nicole Trotier features regularly in CBC broadcasts as a soloist and chamber musician, and as a member of various other groups.