Well-known for his lush playing skills, his sophisticated registrations and the originiality of his musical choices, Denis Gagné is without a doubt one of the most sought-after Quebec organists of his generation.
He studied the organ with Jean LeBuis, Yves-G. Préfontaine and Hélène Panneton, as well as the conductor Hervé Niquet to improve his French baroque repertoire. The McAbbie Foundation offered Denis a grant for the excellence of his organ studies at the Montreal Conservatory of Music.
Denis Gagné is regularly invited by several musical societies, he has therefore performed on major organs in Quebec, Ontario and New-Brunswick. He also played in France, in Angers, Lyon, Narbonne, Lille and Paris (Notre-Dame Cathedral, St-Gervais, St-Jean-Bosco, St-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet and St-Eustache) as well as in Luxembourg. He is returning for several recitals next summer.
As an accompanist, Denis Gagné has collaborated with renowned choirs such as Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal, Les Petits Chanteurs de Laval, La Maîtrise des Petits Chanteurs de Québec, Le Grand Chœur de Montréal. With the Montréal Opéra, he played the organ part in Faust by Charles Gounod with the Orchestre Métropolitain directed by Emmanuel Plasson.
Quite involved in liturgical music, Denis Gagné has been organist and musical director at the Sanctuaire Saint-Sacrement de Montréal for 12 years. He is now the resident organist at the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Church in Laval and is the co-titular organist at the Italien parish of Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel in Montreal. From 2005 to 2011, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Les Amis de l’orgue de Montreal where he held successively the positions of director and vice-president.
In recent years he has dedicated himself to the dissemination of Canadian music abroad.