Noémy Gagnon-Lafrenais

The québécoise violinist Noémy Gagnon-Lafrenais has been exploring repertoire through the filter of historically informed practice. Pursuing the quest for a genuine and creative expression of music, she spends much time wondering and wandering about the past! Since 2019, Noémy has been appointed co-concertmaster of Arion Orchestre Baroque. She performs actively in Canada, the United-States and Europe. She has led  ensembles such as l’Harmonie des Saisons, Les Boréades de Montréal, Ottawa Baroque Consort, and performs actively with Pacific Baroque Ensemble, Tafelmusik, Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra and Le Petit Rien. She was a member of the Theresia Youth Orchestra (Italy).

Countless musical encounters with colleagues, mentors and teachers, have helped her shape her musical identity throughout the years. To mention a few,, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Monica Huggett, Axel Strauss, Amandine Beyer, Richard Egarr, William Christie, Robert Levin, Ian Swensen, Steven Dann, Robert Mealy, Cynthia Roberts and Anne Robert. Noémy taught violin in the Music Advancement Program at the Juilliard School, at UC Berkeley’s Young Musicians Program, Starr King Elementary School (SF), Camp Musical Vivaldi (France) and Camp Musical de l’Estrie. She holds degrees from the Juilliard School, the San Francisco Conservatory, and the Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal.

She has been working with harpsichordist Christophe Gauthier on numerous chamber music projects, including productions of the six Sonatas for obbligato harpsichord and violin by J.S. Bach.

Noemy  is a grateful recipient of individual grants from the Canadian Arts Council and the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec.