July 2–6, 2017
Presented by the
RCCO, & CIOC
Pre & post-festival activities July 1st and 7th
Performing Tuesday, July 4, at 5:00 PM
Saint-Léon Church, Westmount
Organist, harpsichordist, teacher, born in St-Jérôme in 1935, Mireille Lagacé studied in Montreal first with Germaine Malépart (piano), Conrad Letendre (organ), and Gabriel Cusson (theory). She went to Austria in 1956 on a Quebec government scholarship and studied organ with Anton Heiller. Returning to Montreal, she continued her organ and harpsichord studies 1957-62 with her husband, Bernard, and took part in the activities of the group Ares Organi.
In 1959, Mrs Lagacé was awarded a first prize at the Organ Competition of the Montreal Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (John-Robb Organ Competition). Between 1962 and 1965 she won several international prizes (Munich 1962, and Geneva, 1962, 1965), and in 1964 she founded the Ensemble Couperin-le-Grand. In 1977 she was chosen for a Victor M. Lynch-Staunton Award by the Canada Council for the Arts. As a specialist in baroque music, harpsichord and organ, she has been a very active teacher in several schools in Canada and USA. She is currently pursuing her teaching career at the Conservatoire de Montréal.
She has pursued a busy career as a soloist and chamber player in Canada, the USA, and Western Europe. Some works have been dedicated to her by some composers. Among them: Jean Papineau-Couture' and Jean Lesage. In Paris, from 1978 until 1980, she recorded a considerable portion of Bach's complete works for harpsichord for Calliope. In 1989, following her performance of the Goldberg Variations at the Erskine and American Church in Montréal, the newspaper Le Devoir “A superb and moving musician, an exceptional harpsichordist, Mireille Lagacé performed this formidable and monumental score with the serene assurance of an artist who has long since matured her interpretation.”