Laurel Gagnon Takes 3rd Place in the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition

Update, January 30: Laurel Wins 3rd Place

Congratulations to Laurel who took 3rd in the Third Triennial Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition this past weekend. As one of four finalists, Laurel performed the Bartók: Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra, BB. 177 with the Lynn Philharmonia under the baton of Guillermo Figueroa, conductor.

You can view the performance on the competition’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page.

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January 25: Laurel Gagnon Advances to Finals of the Third Triennial Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition

Laurel Gagnon, an alum of Park ICM’s violin studio under Professor Ben Sayevich, has advanced to the Finals of the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition. Laurel is one of four finalists to compete this weekend, January 28 & 29. Each finalist will perform a concerto with the Lynn Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Guillermo Figueroa.

Laurel is scheduled to perform on Sunday, January 29 at 2 p.m. CST. All rounds will be streamed live on the competition’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page.

About the Competition

The Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition (EOIVC), a flagship program of the Elevar Foundation, was established by celebrated violinist, Elmar Oliveira, in collaboration with the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida in 2016. The EOIVC is deeply committed to its mission of providing talented violinists, ages 16-32, who are at the start of their careers, with networking, management, public relations, community engagement and concert opportunities in addition to a monetary prize. The EOIVC takes place once every three years.

Photo courtesy of EOIVC. Finalists from left to right: Zachary Brandon (24, United States), Gabrielle Després (22, Canada / United States), Laurel Gagnon (28, United States), and  Hina Khuong-Huu (18, France / Japan / United States)


Violinist Laurel Gagnon’s interpretations “sing with a naturalness that [is] both disarming and distinctive” (The Straits Times). Performing as a soloist and chamber musician, she has been heralded for her “nimble command, centered double stops and graceful, springy portamento” (Kansas City Star).

Ms. Gagnon was awarded fourth prize at the 2018 Singapore International Violin Competition, and in 2019, was invited to perform in the live rounds of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. As a soloist, she has performed at Flagey in Brussels, Singapore’s Victoria Concert Hall, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Gagnon has performed several times on Kansas Public Radio, been featured on Kansas Community Radio,and appeared in performance on KSHB TV’s “KC Live” show and Fox4. As a chamber musician, Gagnon has collaborated with Shmuel Ashkenasi and performed in faculty-student chamber recitals.

Ms. Gagnon earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and her Masters of Music at The International Center for Music at Park University, studying with Ben Sayevich. She is now an Artist Diploma student with Mauricio Fuks at the Jacobs School of Music.

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