Hermine Gagné was born in Montréal,
Canada. She began studying violin at the age of 4 with Jacqueline S. David. She
entered the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal at 9 years old and graduated
with honors in 2000. While pursuing a master’s degree under Kathleen Winkler at
Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, she was awarded the Sallie Shepherd
Perkins Prize for the Highest Achievement in Music.
In addition, she received
scholarships from the Canadian Council for the Arts and was loaned the 1717
Windsor-Weinstein Stradivarius violin from 2003 to 2006.
Gagné made her solo debut at the age
of 16 with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra. During her time studying in
Montréal, she was a member of the Foresome Quartet (1997–2000), which received
the grand prize of the Canadian Music Competition. She also collaborated with
some of Québec’s leading performance ensembles, such as Les Violons du Roy, La
Pietà and the Orchestre symphonique de Laval.
Hermine Gagné was appointed to the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2003. In addition, she performs on both the
Orchestra’s chamber music and educational series around the Chicago area. She
recently performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Parkdale United
Church Orchestra in Ottawa.
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