Director, Lugano Arte e CulturaLugano, Switzerland
Born in Canada in 1956, Michel Gagnon was Montreal’s Place des Arts’ Programming Director from 2000-2016. A leading performing arts presenter in Québec, Place des Arts is a cultural complex made up of six performance halls comprising 7,000 seats, which each year offers over 1,000 performances representing artistic expression in all its forms. As Programming Director, Michel Gagnon was responsible for developing the overall programming presented at Place des Arts in Montréal, as well as at the Amphithéâtre de Lanaudière. He also handled the artistic direction of shows produced by Place des Arts, and developed a series of cultural activities intended for various audience groups.
Prior to his employment at Place des Arts, Michel Gagnon was the production director for the Opéra de Montréal and stage manager for Les Grands Ballets canadiens. He also worked for Jeunesses Musicales of Canada’s International Festival, for the Opéra de Québec, and the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal.
Michel Gagnon studied the management of cultural organizations at the HEC in Montréal. He also possesses a music diploma from the Université de Sherbrooke.
He is now General Manager of LAC, the new cultural centre of Lugano.