Carissa Klopoushak

violin

“She has a meaty, luscious sound, rhythmically driven, the raw honesty of her musicality tempered by a confident, light-handed virtuosity.”

— Natasha Gauthier, Artsfile

Biography

Ottawa-based violinist 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. In addition to her solo appearances, she is co-founder of the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival, singer in the Ukrainian folk-rock band Tyt i Tam, and a part of the “take-no-prisoners” string quartet, Ironwood.  She released her debut album, SOUNDWORLDS, with pianist Philip Chiu. Carissa plays on a 1851 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin, generously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank. She plays with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and she has recently been named Interim Artistic Director of Ottawa Chamberfest, starting in that position in mid-August, 2020.

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Programmes and projects

a recital with Philip Chiu
 

Violinist Carissa Klopoushak teams up with pianist Philip Chiu, showcasing sonatas by Janácek, Debussy, Willan, and two works by Vivier and Carrabré.


Three Canadian works, one world premiere recording - masterfully performed chamber music, delivered with warmth and charm. An intelligent program - it’s thoughtful, it’s well thought-out, it’s well put-together - and it’s beautifully performed..

 

— Paolo Pietropaolo,
CBC Radio In Concert (January 2017)

with Alexandru Sura, cimbalom 


Carissa performs a thrilling program with Moldavian cimbalom star Alexandru Sura, combining Eastern-European folk music (Ukrainian, Romanian, Lautari, and tunes that don't fit into just one box) with folk-inspired classical pieces, like Ravel's Tzigane and Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances.


"Klopoushak, [...] played both violin and viola, several types of flutes and sang for several pieces in a rich voice that matched the music." 


— Alex Binkley,

Apt613.ca (March 2016)

with Katherine Dowling, piano and Andrea Stewart, cello


The trio's name-sake is the Slavic Goddess Of Love, Beauty and Protection who rules the summer—not the Soviet "lemon." Cellist Andrea Stewart and pianist Katherine Dowling join Carissa to perform from the vast repertoire of piano trios, focusing especially on works by female composers including Clara Schumann, Florence Price, Amy Beach, Dora Pejačević, Emily Mayer, Kaija Saariaho, Jennifer Higdon, Kelly-Marie Murphy, Anna Pidgorna, and countless more.

Reviews

“[SOUNDWORLSD] is an intelligent program - it’s thoughtful, it’s well thought-out, it’s well put-together - and it’s beautifully performed..” 

—  Paolo Pietropaolo,  
In Concert broadcast
January 2017

ARTSFILE

“She has a meaty, luscious sound, rhythmically driven, the raw honesty of her musicality tempered by a confident, light-handed virtuosity.” 

—  Natasha Gauthier

with Katherine Dowling, piano


Carissa Klopoushak and Katherine Dowling offer a selection of original programs exploring diverse genres and regions, from the romanticism of Brahms and Schumann to the Eastern European stylings of Janáček and Bartók, the Northern soundscape of Pärt and Sibelius, and much more.  

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