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.
Gagnon made her solo debut at the age of 12 with the New Hampshire Youth Symphony, in a performance of Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen. During her high school years she performed concertos by Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, and Ravel (Tzigane) with the Granite State Symphony in Concord, N.H., and the New Hampshire Philharmonic. In 2013, she began her studies with Lithuanian violinist Ben Sayevich at Park University’s International Center for Music; currently she is at the Indiana Jacobs School of Music studying under Mauricio Fuks.
She performs on the 1719 Carlo Tononi violin, provided on a three-year loan from the Rin Collection as part of her Singapore Competition victory.