René Gagnier

René Gagnier. Violinist, conductor, composer, euphonium player, b Montreal 30 May 1892, d Trois-Rivières 25 May 1951. He began his studies with his father, Joseph, and then worked with Albert Chamberland, Saul Brant, and Alfred De Sève.

Gagnier, René

René Gagnier. Violinist, conductor, composer, euphonium player, b Montreal 30 May 1892, d Trois-Rivières 25 May 1951. He began his studies with his father, Joseph, and then worked with Albert Chamberland, Saul Brant, and Alfred De Sève. He was assistant conductor 1918-29 at Loew's Theatre and played in the Montreal Orchestra, the Montreal Little Symphony Orchestra, the CSM Orchestra, and several theatre orchestras. He was second violin 1936-7 of the Dubois String Quartet, and was assistant conductor and euphonium soloist of the Canadian Grenadier Guards Band for more than 25 years. He settled in Trois-Rivières in 1939 and there directed the Union musicale for 11 years. He taught at the CMQ, the Séminaire de Nicolet, and the Académie de Trois-Rivières. He wrote a number of marches, waltzes, and other unpublished pieces.

See also J.-J. Gagnier, Guillaume Gagnier, Armand Gagnier, Ernest Gagnier, Lucien Gagnier, Réal Gagnier, Roland Gagnier, Claire Gagnier, Gérald Gagnier, and Ève Gagnier (all members of the same musical family).