Karina Gauvin's unique voice, remarkable technique, and accomplished musicianship have charmed audiences worldwide from the Royal Opera House in London to the prestigious 92nd Street Y and the Lincoln Center in New York. Her vast repertoire covers music from Johann Sebastian Bach to Benjamin Britten and Luciano Berio. Karina Gauvin has sung with many major orchestras including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Toronto Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, I Musici de Montréal, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Les Talens Lyriques, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, Capriccio Stravagante and Les Violons du Roy. On the operatic or concert stage, she has delivered outstanding performances with conductors as diverse as Charles Dutoit, Christopher Hogwood, Helmuth Rilling, Bruno Weil, Markus Creed, Bernard Labadie, Andrew Parrott, and Christophe Rousset. Active as a recitalist, she has collaborated with several chamber music ensembles and with pianists Marc-André Hamelin, Michael McMahon, and Roger Vignoles.
Past highlights include Mozart's Requiem at Alice Tully Hall, Bach's B-minor Mass with Helmuth Rilling for the Oregon Bach Festival, the role of Iole in Handel's Hercules with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the role of Euridice in Gluck's Orfeo with Les Violons du Roy. Last season Ms Gauvin made her Carnegie Hall debut under the baton of Peter Schreier. She was also featured in the title role of Handel's Opera Alcina with Les Talens Lyriques and, more recently, the title role in Georg Conradi's opera Ariadne for the Boston Early Music Festival.
Ms Gauvin's discography includes many award-winning CDs: Her recordings of Handel's Silete Venti and Apollo e Daphne, and of Mozart's Requiem with Les Violons du Roy were awarded respectively a 2001 and 2003 Juno. A recording of French art song with pianist Marc-André Hamelin titled Fête galante, received the 2000 Opus award for Best Vocal Recording, and was selected as Chamber Music America's Recording of the Year. Her most recent CD, Joseph Canteloube's Songs of the Auvergne, was released in November 2002.
Gauvin's outstanding performances have been recognized in prestigious competitions worldwide. They include the Lieder Prize and the Public's Prize at the ‘s-Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition and First Prize of the CBC Radio National Competition. Her awards include the Virginia-Parker Prize and the Maggie Teyte Memorial Prize in London. In 1996 Karina Gauvin was chosen “Soloist of the Year” by the International French Public Radio Community and in 2000 she was given an Opus Award as “performer of the year.” A graduate of the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal, Karina Gauvin studied with Ms Marie Daveluy.