"Ryning and Clark were mesmerizing, interpreting German and Catalan Medieval works alongside the Trecento..."
- Diari del Priorate
Duo Corvi is one of Canada’s most captivating early music ensembles and is recognized internationally for the creative interpretation of historical repertoire. Winners of the 2010 Musica Antigua Obra Social la ‘Caixa in Spain, the ensemble was founded by Julie Ryning (voice) and Katelyn Clark (early keyboards) at McGill University (Montréal, QC) in 2008. The group received its New York debut at Corpus Christi Church as finalists in the 2009 Early Music America Performance Competition and has been nominated twice for Classical Ensemble of the Year by the Western Canadian Music Awards (2018, 2017).
Duo Corvi specializes in the performance of secular and sacred music from thirteenth- to fifteenth-century France, Germany, and Italy. Pairing voice with organetto or clavicimbalum, they transfix audiences with a rare glimpse into the musical world of medieval performance. Each program is carefully researched and explored through text and improvisation. The ensemble has toured in Austria, The Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Spain, and has appeared at major international festivals including Musica Antigua Barcelona, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht Fabulous Fringe, Festival de Musica Antigua de Caceres, and the Festival Medieval d’Elx. In the 2018/19 season, the ensemble has worked with various prestigious presenters and performers including ArtSpring (Saltspring Island, BC) and The Ancient Music Society of Victoria with Benjamin Bagby of Sequentia. Duo Corvi has been heard on CBC’s North by Northwest and gratefully acknowledges past support of FACTOR and MusicBC.
Julie Ryning holds a master’s degree in early music performance from McGill University, where she studied in the voice studios of Thérèse Boudreault-Sevadjian and Suzie LeBlanc. Ms. Ryning has had the pleasure of singing in masterclasses with many of the world’s most renowned early music singers, including Emma Kirkby, Ellen Hargis, James Bowman, and Harry van der Kamp. Equally at home in new music, Ms. Ryning has performed many new works for soprano, including Lines from George Gordon, and Go Lovely Rose by Canadian composer David Gordon Duke. She has performed across Canada and Europe, and has been broadcast on WFMT Radio in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Ryning is based in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.
Katelyn Clark specializes in the performance of historical and experimental repertoire on early keyboards. As a soloist and chamber musician she performs internationally, and has been an artist in residence at the Banff Centre (Alberta), NES (Skagaströnd, Iceland), and SPAR (St. Petersburg, Russia). Originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Katelyn completed a master’s degree in harpsichord and basso continuo with Bob van Asperen at the Amsterdam Conservatory in The Netherlands. She also studied with Christophe Rousset at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Siena, Italy), and with Tom Beghin/Hank Knox at McGill University (Montréal, Québec). Her artistic practice has been generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.