Laurel Gagnon – Student at Park ICM
Student at Park ICM
Home of origin
New Hampshire, USA
Age started playing
Favorite American food
Mac & Cheese
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.