Carissa Klopoushak

Carissa Klopoushak has made a name for herself as a curious, creative, and versatile violinist. She recently moved to Ottawa, where she is a proud member of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra.

A charismatic and engaging performer, her playing has been described as the complete package of sensitive musicianship and effortless technique. Laureate of the 2009 Eckhardt-Grammatté National Music Competition and and the 2012 Canada Council of the Arts Instrument Bank Competition, she has toured extensively across Canada, has performed at Ottawa Chamberfest, Toronto Summer Music, Montreal Chamber Music Festival, and for Debut Atlantic, and spent three months touring Australia and the U.S. with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Carissa holds a doctorate in violin performance from McGill University. She is an Artistic Director of the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival in her hometown, Saskatoon.

A proud Ukrainian-Canadian, Carissa plays and sings in a Ukrainian folk-rock band, Tyt i Tam, who will be touring Ukraine this summer. She grew up singing and playing Ukrainian folk music, and continues to do so whenever she can.