Laurel Gagnon 2018-02-13T19:08:56+00:00

Laurel Gagnon – Student at Park ICM

Laurel Gagnon

Student at Park ICM

Home of origin

New Hampshire, USA

Age started playing

3

Languages spoken

English

Favorite composer

Bach

Favorite American food

Mac & Cheese

Fun Fact

Was a track star in High School

A native of New Hampshire, Laurel Gagnon began her violin studies at the age of three. Currently, she is studying with Ben Sayevich at Park University’s International Center for Music. She was recently awarded Fourth Prize in the Singapore International Violin Competition.  This world class competition is held once every three years. Of the six finalists, Laurel was the only American, the others being from Russia, Ukraine, Japan, and China. In addition to prize money awarded to each of the six finalist, each is provided a loan of a violin from the famous Rin Collection for three years.

Laurel was named a 2015 Naftzger Young Artist Award winner and a Sigma Alpha Iota scholarship recipient; she also won a scholarship at the Kansas City Music club Auditions in 2016. Gagnon made her solo debut at the age of twelve, performing Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen with the New Hampshire Youth Symphony. As a high school student, she performed major concertos with both the Granite State Symphony Orchestra and the NH Philharmonic. In 2015, Ms. Gagnon appeared with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and students of Ben Sayevich’s violin studio, performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Laurel has performed in various master classes for artists such as Schmuel Ashkenasi, Tong Wei Dong, Ann Epperson, Noah Geller, Alèxi Goribol, Midori, and the late Joseph Silverstein.