Carissa is a coffee-loving violinist based in Ottawa, Canada, where she plays with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and pursues other solo and chamber projects. Formerly of Saskatoon (by way of Montreal), she’s a proud Ukrainian-Canadian, a frequent traveler, instagramer, vinyl enthusiast, amateur photographer, sometimes-rockstar, and coffee/whisky/music snob. She is an ENFP.
Her projects include a solo show, the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival, a Ukrainian Folk-Rock band Tyt i Tam, Homeland trio, and a “take-no-prisoners” string quartet, Ironwood. She recently released her debut album, SOUNDWORLDS, with her good friend Philip Chiu.