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Carissa Klopoushak has made a name for herself as a curious, creative, and versatile violinist. A charismatic and engaging performer, Carissa's playing has been described as the complete package of sensitive musicianship and effortless technique. A laureate of the 2012 Canada Council of the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition, Carissa performs on the 1869 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin (with Vuillaume model bow), generously on loan from the Canada Council. Carissa proudly joined Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in September 2014, after having performed with the group for a number of years, including many of their national tours and their 2013 tour of China.
Carissa considers all of Canada to be her home. She has toured the country extensively, performing recitals for Debut Atlantic and as the winner of the 2009 Eckhardt-Grammatté National Music Competition with Canadian pianist Philip Chiu. Carissa has been featured at both the Ottawa Chamberfest, Montreal Chamber Music Festivals, and Toronto Summer Music. She spent much of 2014 performing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, whom she joined for a series of tours and recordings, including a residency at The Banff Centre. Carissa is an Artistic Director of the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival in her hometown, Saskatoon. She is also the lead singer and violinist in the Ukrainian band Тут і Там (pronounced Toot ee Tahm), which is releasing its 4th album this summer.
Carissa has taught violin and chamber music at McGill University where she also recently completed a doctorate in violin performance, studying with Jonathan Crow. Her focus was on the little-known violin repertoire by Ukrainian composers. Her recent recordings include chamber works of the Second Viennese school with Gruppo Montebello and Pierrot Lunaire with Ensemble Mooncrest. She will be releasing a recording of violin and piano duos with Philip Chiu this year. When not performing, rehearsing, or traveling, Carissa can be found expanding her love of coffee in some little café, somewhere...
Read more about Carissa at www.carissaklopoushak.com