Violinist Laurel Gagnon has always been fascinated with the ability to communicate through sound. Interacting with audiences and creating an unspoken connection, Laurel performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician. The Straits Times has said of her playing that “her show of delicacy and restraint was admirable” and “she made it sing with a naturalness that was both disarming and distinctive.”
In 2018, Ms. Gagnon was awarded fourth prize at the Singapore International Violin Competition. In 2019, she was invited to perform in the live rounds of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. As a soloist, Laurel has performed at Flagey in Brussels, Singapore’s Victoria Concert Hall, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and on Kansas Public Radio. She has appeared three times as soloist with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Israel Philharmonic concertmaster David Radzynski and other students of Ben Sayevich. In 2020, Ms. Gagnon returned to Kansas City to perform in a covid-friendly recorded drive-in movie theatre concert.
Ms. Gagnon earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and her Masters of Music at The International Center for Music at Park University, studying with Ben Sayevich. As a chamber musician, Laurel collaborated with guest artists such as Shmuel Ashkenasi, and regularly performed in faculty-student chamber recitals. She also served as concertmaster of the ICM Chamber Orchestra, and enjoyed the opportunity to perform as soloist with the orchestra. In 2019, Laurel moved to Bloomington, Indiana, to study with Mauricio Fuks at the Jacobs School of Music; she will begin her Artist Diploma in 2021.
Being told she was too young to play flute, Ms. Gagnon instead picked up the violin at the age of three and never looked back. She and her brothers spent many hours of their childhood arguing and performing in a family string quartet. When not drinking coffee, Laurel can be found exploring the nearest forest trail.
Ms. Gagnon performs on a 1719 C. Tononi, on generous loan from the Rin Collection.
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