One of Edmonton's most sought-after violinists, Virginie Gagné has been involved in numerous local musical events since her arrival in Edmonton, Alberta in 2006. Her playing style transcends musical genres, from baroque to pop to new music. She has been a featured soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, in addition to being an active chamber violinist with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble and the Edmonton Recital Society. Prior to her appointment as Assistant Concertmaster to the ESO, Virginie was a member of the first violins in the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. She has also played with the Houston Symphony, iMusici, Les Violons du Roy, and the Montréal Symphony Orchestra.
Originally hailing from Montréal, Québec, Virginie started to learn the violin at three years old with Ms. Jacqueline David, then followed her studies at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal with Johanne Arel and Helmut Lipsky. She graduated with honours in violin performance, as well as chamber music and 18th Century counterpoint. Virginie pursued her Master of Music studies at Rice University, in Houston, Texas, with Professor Sergiu Luca. Additionally, Virginie has participated in numerous music festivals in Canada, California, and Austria.
Virginie competed and received prizes at Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre Symphonique de Mont-Royal, Canadian Music Competition, among others. At 13 years old, she was chosen to play the role of a young violinist prodigy in a Québec television series called "Ces Enfants d'Ailleurs".
In her spare time, Virginie reads, bakes, and enjoys a game of poker. She resides in Edmonton, Alberta with her partner Alexander and her son Julius.
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