Canada’s superstar soprano Karina Gauvin has impressed audiences and critics all over the world with her luscious timbre, profound musicality and wide vocal range. The Globe and Mail calls her “one of the dream sopranos of our time,” who in turn is “distinctive, sophisticated, deeply intuitive, a questioning and fearless artist.”
She has appeared with major orchestras including the Chicago, Toronto and Montréal symphony orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
This past season put focus on Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, which Gauvin performed with the San Francisco Symphony under music director Michael Tilson Thomas at the Grant Park Music Festival in Millennium Park and with the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montréal. She made her long-awaited debut with the New York Philharmonic in Handel’s Messiah, a work she repeated with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
A prolific recording artist with more than 20 releases to her credit, Gauvin has been nominated consistently for the Juno and twice for GRAMMY® awards over the past decade. She won the Juno in 2001 with Handel’s Silete Venti and Apollo e Dafne and in 2003 performed the Mozart Requiem with Les Violons du Roy.
Season 2011-12 sees her return to the Québec Symphony on two occasions with Berlioz’s Nuits d‘été and the Mozart Requiem before joining the San Francisco and Colorado symphonies and interpreting Britten’s Les illuminations with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She will also appear with the Les Violons du Roy, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
Gauvin’s outstanding talent has been recognized in prestigious competitions worldwide. She won first prize at the CBC Young Performers Competition and received prizes at the ‘s-Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition in the Netherlands. A graduate of the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal, Karina Gauvin studied with Marie Daveluy and pursued her postgraduate studies with Pamela Bowden at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland.