One of Edmonton's most sought-after violinists, Virginie Gagné has been involved in numerous musical projects since her arrival in 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, Alberta Baroque Ensemble, and the Edmonton Recital Society. In addition, she leads an active chamber music career, appearing most recently with the C'mon Ensemble at the 2018 Fringe Festival. Prior to her appointment as Assistant Concertmaster to the ESO, Virginie was a member of the first violins with 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 composition. 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 has received prizes in competitions with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Music, and Canada New Music, 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 with her partner, Alexander, and their two sons.