Role at Bravo Academy
Voice and Piano Instructor
Larissa Koniuk is a singer, performer, piano and voice teacher, and guest educator. She has been teaching at Bravo Academy for 5 years.
Larissa is a firm believer that everyone can sing and fosters a nurturing studio. A long time practitioner of yoga, Larissa encourages her students to free tensions, find balance, and create awareness as they find their unique voice. She teaches classical, music theatre, and popular styles, while ensuring fundamental technique and musicianship are a focal point of each lesson. Examinations, theory, and competitions are available to each student.
As a performer, Larissa’s artistic concentration is in the collaboration towards new opera works. Larissa recently made her NYC debut in Sweat by Juliet Palmer and Anna Chatterton with Centre for Contemporary Opera at National Sawdust in Brooklyn. She was then heard in a semi-staged version of Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Pax Christi Chorale.
An active performer, Larissa’s recent productions include Selfie, a new opera by Chris Thornborrow and Julie Tepperman at Tapestry Opera, the premiere of FAWN Opera’s L’homme et le ciel, a new opera by Adam Scime, Soundstreams’ production of Brian Current’s Airline Icarus, and the premiere of Dean Burry and Lorna MacDonald’s The Bells of Baddeck. Upcoming performances include Dido and Aeneas with Toronto Masque Theatre.
Larissa is the founder and artistic director of the Bicycle Opera Project, with which she has promoted and performed over 20 new Canadian opera works. She has performed with Ottawa International Chamberfest, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s New Creations, The Royal Conservatory of Music’s 21C Festival, Stratford Summer Music, Westben Festival, and numerous unusual performance spaces all over Ontario. In addition to teaching at Bravo Academy, Larissa is a guest teaching artist for the After School Opera Program and Living Opera at the Canadian Opera Company.