Appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2003, Hermine Gagné, made her solo debut with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra at age 16. Born in Montreal in 1979, Hermine began studying the violin at the age of four with Jacqueline S. David. At age nine she entered le Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal graduating in 2000, at age 21, with honours. While studying in Montreal she was a member of the award winning Montreal based group, the Foresome Quartet. Hermine has also collaborated with some of Quebec’s leading performance ensembles, such as Les Violons du Roy, La Pietà, and L’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval.
Hermine has won many prizes at several national and international competitions. While pursuing a master’s degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, in Houston, Hermine received the Sallie Shepherd Perkins Prize for Highest Achievement in Music. She has received scholarships from the Canada Council for the Arts. And, as one of the winners of the 2003 Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank competition, she was the recipient of the Bank’s 1717 Windsor-Weinstein Stradivarius violin, one of 8 magnificent instruments and bows, loaned for 3 years, to gifted established professional musicians or young professional musicians about to embark on international solo or chamber music careers.
In addition to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hermine performs on both the CSO’s chamber music and educational series around the Chicago area, she is a member of Chicago’s Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra, and she is a member of the Jason Seed Elixir Ensemble.