Pierre Yves Gagnon
Viola, Violin Teacher
Pierre Yves Gagnon, born in Montreal, Quebec, is fluent in French and English. He is an experienced viola and violin Suzuki teacher living in Oakville, Ontario. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Viola Performance from the University of McGill, where he studied under the direction of Steve Kondaks. He further pursued his studies with Ralph Aldrich at the University of Western Ontario where he received a Masters degree in Viola Performance and Literature. Mr. Gagnon was a member of L’Orchestre des Jeunes du Québec and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. He was also principal violist of the Canadian Chamber Orchestra in Banff. He is currently a member of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, and has been a teacher for the Oakville Suzuki Association for the past thirty years. He is also a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association.
He was introduced to the Suzuki method while studying at McGill University and took his first unit training at the Guelph Suzuki institute in 1983. He has now completed all ten violins units as well as viola units 4 to 9. He has attended many conferences in Canada, United States, Germany and Japan, including three workshops with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.
He is a regular teacher at the Oakville Performing Arts Day Camp where he teaches violin, viola, recorder and chamber music. Additionally, he has taught at several Suzuki Institutes in Canada and United States.