Lavigne was acknowledged as an exceptional sight-reader and participated in the concerts of the Montreal Philharmonic Society, the Mendelssohn Choir of Montreal, and Couture's MSO, with which he played Saint-Säens' Rhapsodie d'Auvergne in 1894. He was the accompanist for numerous touring musicians: the violinists Camilla Urso, Sam Franko, and Ovide Musin, the cellists Anton Hekking, Jean Gérardy, and Joseph Hollman, the baritone Sir Charles Santley, and others.
With J.-J. Goulet and J.-B. Dubois, Lavigne founded the Haydn Trio (1896-8). His gavotte for piano, Les Ondes, was included in the collection L'Écrin musical (1887). He served 1892-3 and 1900-1 as president of the AMQ and held the distinction of the Palmes académiques, conferred by the French government. A collection of his papers is held at the NL of C.
Author Gilles Potvin
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