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 quite active for the last 10 years.
Known for his artful playing, he has performed 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, Michel Lambert and Jean Derome. He has also collaborated with 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. The records on which he worked as an accompanist/arranger/musical director were nominated or awarded at l’ADISQ, le GAMIQ, Canadian Folk Awards, etc. He was a finalist at l’ADISQ 2014 for the «Arranger of the Year» prize.
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 Montreal Jazz Festival 2009 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. He just launched in 2014 a new record, Tome III – Errances, very well-received by critics in Canada and the United States, and earned him a full-page feature in the legendary jazz magazine Downbeat.