Based in Ottawa, violinist Carissa Klopoushak is a proud member of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Ironwood Quartet. A laureate of the 2018 Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank Competition, Carissa performs on the beautiful Maggini model 1851 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin. She is also the founder and artistic director of the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival in her hometown of Saskatoon, artistic director of Ottawa Chamberfest, and, with the Ironwood Quartet, serves as co-director of the Classical Unbound Festival in Prince Edward County.
Carissa holds a doctorate in violin performance from McGill University, where she focused on the little-known classical violin repertoire by Ukrainian composers. Her debut recording, SOUNDWORLDS, was released in 2016 with Canadian pianist Philip Chiu.