Laurel Gagnon is rapidly establishing herself as a gifted American violinist of her generation. Her garnering of Fourth Prize at the Singapore International Violin Competition, considered Asia’s “Grand Prix” for the world’s best emerging violinists, was just the most recent in a series of competition appearances. The Straits Times wrote, of her Singapore performances, that she “made the violin sing with a naturalness that was both disarming and distinctive,” adding that “her show of delicacy and restraint was admirable as were the very idiomatic cadenzas.”
In 2015 Gagnon delivered a glowing performance of the “Autumn” Concerto from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and Music Director Bruce Sorrell. The KC Chamber Orchestra invited her back the following year to perform Henryk Wieniawski’s Polonaise Brillante in A major. The Kansas City Star praised Gagnon’s playing for its “nimble command, centered double stops and graceful, springy portamento.”
In 2013 she began her studies with Lithuanian violinist Ben Sayevich at Park University’s International Center for Music, where in 2019 she graduated with her MM. Currently she is continuing her studies with Mauricio Fuks at the Indiana Jacobs School of Music.
Gagnon has also performed extensively at Park University’s ICM and in Manchester, New Hampshire, appearing in recitals with members of the ICM faculty and other prominent musicians. Her broadcast experience includes performances on Kansas Public Radio and appearances on WDAF-TV (Fox 4) and on KSHB-TV’s “KC Live.”
She performs on the 1719 Carlo Tononi violin, provided on loan from the Rin Collection.