“The role of the violin-maker is to help musicians in their quest for the perfect sound.”

Michel Gagnon developed an interest in violin-making at around eighteen years old, after having completed a college degree in pure and applied sciences.  Finding this trade to be the perfect fit for his scientific curiosity and love of music, he takes his first steps in the field by starting an apprenticeship under Viateur Mayer in Joliette, Quebec.

In 1984, he leaves to perfect his knowledge in Boston,
Massachusetts,at the North Bennet Street School, completing a three-year program in violin-making and restoration.  During his time there, he sells his first violin, labeled NBSS School of Boston, to the department of music of UQAM university, in 1985.  After obtaining his diploma with distinction, he worked as a violin-maker with the award-winning Raymond Melanson in Massachusetts for three years, before establishing his workshop in Montreal in 1992.

In 1993, Michel wins a scholarship from the Quebec Arts Council for “acoustic mentoring” under René Morel, in New York, one of the world’s most renowned violin-makers and sound adjusters of fine and collectible instruments.

Since then, he has continued to develop and perfect his trade, creating instruments that reflect his quest for the perfect tone and a beautiful finish.

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