Classical musician and composer Andre Gagnon
began playing the piano before he even began school. Born in 1942 in Quebec, he went to Paris at the age of 19 to study on a grant from the Canadian government. After returning to Canada, he worked with Claude Leveillee
for seven years. He then turned solo and went to London to record with the London Baroque Orchestra and later, the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Of his more than 20 albums from 1964 to 1993, Neiges (1976) was the most popular; it was a bestseller and won a Canadian Juno Award. Gagnon
has also recorded in the disco and pop fields.