Clara Osowski, Mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski, who sings "from inside the music with unaffected purity and sincerity" (UK Telegraph), is an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. Recognized for her excellence in Minnesota, Clara was a recipient of the prestigious 2018-2019 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Musicians administered by MacPhail Center for Music.
In international competition with pianist Tyler Wottrich, in March of 2017, Clara became the first ever American prize winner when she placed second at Thomas Quasthoff's International Das Lied Competition in Heidelberg, Germany. In September, the duo was also one of four to reach the finals in the prestigious Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition in London, and Clara was awarded the Richard Tauber Prize for the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder. She recently won the Radio-Canada People’s Choice Award and third place in the song division at the 2018 Concours Musical International de Montréal.
Active also as an educator, Clara has enjoyed giving masterclasses at several universities, including Syracuse University, Muhlenberg College, Concordia College (Moorhead), North Dakota State University, and Seattle University. She was also the guest artist in residence at Indiana State University's 50th Contemporary Music Festival celebrating the music of Libby Larsen. Clara also teaches on the faculty at Aspen Music Festival's Professional Choral Institute in partnership with Seraphic Fire.
2018-2019 season highlights include debuts with the Mid-Columbia Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Tulsa Signature Symphony, Winona Symphony Orchestra, Back Bay Chorale, and the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing, Clara serves as the Associate Artistic Director of Source Song Festival, a week-long art song festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This festival strives to create and perform new art song, and cultivate an educational environment for students of song, including composers, vocalists, and collaborative pianists. Please seewww.claraosowski.com for more information.