Vincent Gagnon
LEADER
SIDEMAN
BIOGRAPHY

Vincent Gagnon is one of the most sought-after pianists on the Quebec jazz scene. Described by CBC’s Stanley Péan as “.... the revelation of the Festival de Jazz de Québec 2009,” Gagnon has been active for the last 10 years.

Known for his artful playing, he has performed at hundreds of concerts with well known local and international artists, including Géraldine Laurent, Dave Liebman, Michel Donato, Frank Lacy, Rich Perry, Normand Guilbeault, André Larue, Michel Côté, Pierre Tanguay and Jean Derome. He has also collaborated with pop singers/songwriters, poets and well known actors, such as Keith Kouna, Raôul Duguay, Yann Perreau, Isabelle Blais, Patrice Desbiens, Claude Péloquin, Paule-Andrée Cassidy, Annie Poulain and Jacques Leblanc.


On the strength of a flourishing career as accompanist, in 2009 he released Bleu cendre, his first album as leader, published by Effendi Records. The album was warmly received by critics and public alike, nominated in the category of ‘Best Jazz Album 2009-2010’ at the Gala des prix Opus 2011.
The Bleu cendre concert received the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award at the Festival de Jazz de Montréal 2009 for best composition and the Prix Résidence – Ville de Québec at the Bourse Rideau 2010. Vincent Gagnon’s second recording, Himalaya (2012), was also highly acclaimed and nominated for an Opus Award. 

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