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.