Virginie Gagné

Assistant Concertmaster

Violin I

Photo by: Claudine Lavoie

Montreal-born Virginie Gagné has led a distinguished musical career since her arrival in Edmonton in 2006. She is a frequently sought-after violinist and recording artist, and her musical styles transcends from classical to pop and new music.

Virginie is currently the Assistant Concertmaster to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, since 2008, where she has had the opportunity to work closely with well-renowned artists and guest conductors. Virginie’s playing styles have been influenced by her professors Johanne Arel and Helmut Lipsky (Conservatoire de musique de Québec à Montréal), and Sergiu Luca (Rice University).

Virginie is regularly invited as a guest soloist, making appearances with the Edmonton Symphony , ICI Radio Canada, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, University of Alberta Orchestra, Concordia University Orchestra, Edmonton Recital Society and the C’Mon Festival. She also leads an active chamber career, having founded the Edmonton-based Polyphonie String Quartet, which premiered at the Winspear Centre in February 2020, interpreting Tanya Tagaq’s Sivunittinni. Virginie will perform at the Juno Awards 2020 in Saskatoon, SK, interpreting Canadian composer Rose Bolton’s string quartet, The Coming of Sobs.

In her spare time, Virginie enjoys travelling and practices yoga. She resides in Edmonton with her partner and their two sons.