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Varennes, QC J3X 1P7
After many years in the heart of Montreal’s concert district, Place-des-Arts, Michel Gagnon moved his
workshop to Varennes, Quebec, where the only sound likely to waft in through the windowis bird
song. The tranquility of this river-side town is perfect for Michel, who listens to the subtle
tones of the wood that will be coaxed into becoming the world-class instruments he creates.
Michel Gagnon instruments can take up to two years to build. Instruments are
available for purchase directly from the maker. After purchase, Michel Gagnon instruments are
sound-adjusted by Michel, along with the player, to obtain as near-perfect a sound profile as possible.
Beyond making new instruments, Michel Gagnon is an expert in sound adjustment and repair. Whether for a
violin of more humble origins, or a Stradivarius, Michel has the necessary knowledge and skills to adjust
these delicate instruments, for the best sound experience possible.
“A violin maker's role is to preserve the intimate and loving relationship between musicians and their
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
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 Michel Gagnon violin to the
department of music of UQAM university, in
obtaining his diploma with distinction, he worked as a
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, the world’s most renowned
violin-maker and sound
adjuster of fine and collectible instruments.
Since then, he has
continued to develop and perfect his trade,
creating instruments that reflect his quest for the
and a beautiful finish.