Pierre Yves Gagnon was born in Montreal, Quebec, and is fluent in French and English. He has long experience as a viola and violin teacher in the Oakville area. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Viola Performance from the University of McGill, under the direction of Steve Kondaks. He further pursued his study of the viola 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 Quebec and the National Youth Orchestra. He was also principal violist of the Canadian Chamber Orchestra in Banff. He is currently a member of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra and is responsible for the violin program of the Oakville Suzuki Association. He was first introduced to the Suzuki method while studying at McGill University and started his training at the Guelph Suzuki institute in 1983. Since then, he has completed his study of the method for the violin and the viola. He has been teaching at Suzuki Institutes in South Carolina and Montreal as well as for the Oakville Performing Arts. He has also been invited to teach at several Suzuki workshops in the Toronto area as a violin and viola instructor. He is currently a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association and as such has adjudicated across Ontario and Newfoundland. He has also recently been accepted to the College of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory of Music.