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. Carissa proudly joined Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in September 2014, after having performed with the group for a number of years. Her debut recording with Philip Chiu, SOUNDWORLDS, was released in November 2016.
Carissa considers all of Canada to be her home. She has toured the country extensively, performing recitals for Debut Atlantic and as winner of the 2009 Eckhardt-Grammatté National Competition. She has been featured at Ottawa Chamberfest, Montreal Chamber Music Festival, and Toronto Summer Music. Carissa is a passionate collaborator, performing with many chamber groups including the newly-formed Ironwood Quartet. She spent much of early 2014 performing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, whom she joined for a series of tours and recordings.
Carissa grew up in the beautiful prairie city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Still active in the prairie music scene today, Carissa is an Artistic Director of the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival, an annual event that aims to provide Saskatchewan audiences the opportunity to hear innovative concerts performed by young, engaging Canadian musicians who are currently pursuing professional careers across the country and around the globe.
Carissa is the lead singer and violinist in the Ukrainian band ТутіТам (pronounced Toot ee Tahm). Established in 2003, the band has released four albums, performed at every major Ukrainian festival across Canada, in Sydney, Australia, and recently toured Ukraine, playing major festivals and small pubs.
Carissa holds a doctorate in violin performance from McGill University. Her dissertation focuses on the little-known violin repertoire by Ukrainian composers. A laureate of the 2012 Canada Council of the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition, Carissa performed on the 1869 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin (with Vuillaume model bow); she now plays on a 2009 violin by Mark Schnurr of Flesherton, Ontario. When not performing, rehearsing, or traveling, Carissa can be found expanding her love of coffee in some little café, somewhere...
Read more about Carissa and her projects at www.carissaklopoushak.com
Represented by Latitude 45 Arts
Elaine Klimasko began her musical studies in Hamilton, Ontario at the age of four and continued her studies at the Toronto Royal Conservatory on a special string scholarship. She has studied in Canada, the United States and abroad and her teachers include Lorand Fenyves, Franco Gulli and Joseph Gingold. Her distinguished career as an orchestral musician, soloist, chamber musician, teacher and adjudicator has taken her all over the world.
She is a founding member of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and has appeared as a soloist with the Orchestra. She is a well-known chamber musician and has performed with renowned artists such as Jaime Laredo, Anton Kuerti and William Preucil. Elaine Klimasko has earned an international reputation as a dedicated teacher. She leads a very active teaching career presenting masterclasses, coaching chamber music and orchestra musicians, serving on juries for competitions and teaching privately. Her students are very frequently winners of competitions and hold important positions as chamber and orchestral musicians all over North America. In 2003 NACO Music Director Pinchas Zukerman asked her to launch the first Junior Young Artists Programme for the NAC Summer Music Institute. This highly successful programme attracts very gifted students from Canada and abroad.
Elaine Klimasko has also done some acting and has appeared in House of Luk and more recently Getting Along Famously.
Born in Hungary, Karoly Sziladi began violin lessons at the age of five with Béla Lukás, Assistant Conductor of the Budapest Opera House Orchestra. In October of 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution, Karoly, along with his parents and one sister emigrated to Canada and settled in Kingston, Ontario.
Following his high school graduation, Karoly received a full three-year scholarship to the University of Toronto Faculty of Music. In 1967 Karoly received his Artist Diploma with Honours. Karoly was on the staff of the Royal College of Music in Hamilton while playing in the Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as teaching the Suzuki Method which he acquired in the Edmonton Suzuki school. Karoly was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada for three wonderful, unforgettable summers.
In 1969 Karoly joined the National Arts Centre Orchestra as one of its founding members. He is married to Judith and they have two children, Karoly Jr. and Emma, and one granddaughter through Emma. He taught violin to both his children for 15 years. Karoly Jr. plays as an extra violinist in the NAC Orchestra along with his father, something Karoly Sr. is extremely proud of.
For the 50th anniversary of the Hungary Revolution, Karoly Sziladi was one of 50 eminent Hungarian-Canadians honoured in a photo exhibit by Tony Hauser.