Recognized for her work in the baroque repertoire, Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin also sings Mahler, Britten and the music of the late-20th and 21st centuries with equal success. The prestigious distinctions she has received include the title of “Soloist of the Year” awarded by Communauté internationale des radios publiques de langue française, first prize in the CBC Radio Competition for Young Performers, and both the Virginia Parker Prize and Maggie Teyte Memorial Prize in London.
Karina has sung with the world’s greatest symphony orchestras, including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic and Rotterdam Philharmonic, as well as baroque orchestras such as Les Talens Lyriques, the Venice Baroque Orchestra, Accademia Bizantina, Il Complesso Barocco, the Akademie Für Alte Musik Berlin, the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and Les Violons du Roy. In the 2017–18 season, she made appearances as a soloist in Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, in Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and in a Russian Baroque program with Early Music Vancouver. She also toured extensively in Europe, giving concerts and recitals in Switzerland, Poland, Russia, France, Germany, and Finland.
Karina Gauvin’s extensive discography—over 30 titles—has won numerous awards, including a Chamber Music America Award for Fête Galante with pianist Marc-André Hamelin, and several Opus prizes. Other recording projects include Handel’s Ariodante for EMI Virgin Classics; Giulio Cesare for the Naïve House, both with Alan Curtis and Il Complesso Barocco, and Mozart’s concert and opera arias with Les Violons du Roy under the direction of Bernard Labadie.