Biography

Michael Jarvis has been acclaimed as one of Canada’s finest harpsichordists, fortepianists and continuo players, performing and working with many of Canada's finest singers and instrumentalists as a coach and collaborative artist.

He has performed with many of Canada’s leading orchestras and chamber ensembles including Les Violons du Roy, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Aradia, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Symphony Niagara, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Vancouver Symphony,  I Musici de Montreal, The Vancouver CBC Orchestra, as well as with the Pacific Baroque Festival Victoria, Via Salzburg, the Toronto Chamber Orchestra, the Tudor Singers of Montreal, the Elmer Isler Singers, Baroque Music Beside the Grange, The Amadeus Choir, I Furiosi, the Toronto Consort, the Vancouver Bach Choir, The Elora Festival, the Guelph Spring Festival, The Grand River Baroque Festival, Ensemble La Modestine, The Festival of the Sound, Music at Westben, and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, among many others.

Michael has recorded for the Hungaroton, Marquis Classics, ATMA, Naxos, Solitudes and Avalon CD labels, and has many times broadcast nationally and regionally for the CBC, as well as across the U.S. on NPR. His performing editions of 17th and 18th century choral and organ music are published by GIA, Chicago.

Michael has taught fortepiano at the University of British Columbia and harpsichord, continuo, and baroque vocal ornamentation at the University of Toronto. He has also taught harpsichord performance at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and at Havergal College, Toronto. He is also on faculty as harpsichordist and vocal coach at the Early Music Vancouver Summer Baroque Vocal Programme "The Compleat Singer".

He was also co-host and star of the 13-part television series "Come into the Parlour". Featuring co-host and star Carolyn Sinclair, soprano, and their original 1857 Chickering square grand, the series features some of Canada's finest musicians from the opera and concert stages. "Come into the Parlour" was broadcast nationally in Canada on Bravo-TV and Vision. Mr. Jarvis was also featured on two national Canadian television specials "A Baroque Christmas" and "A Baroque Easter" on Vision and Bravo-tv.

His CD on the Marquis Classics label of J.N. Hummel's Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin/Viola, Op. 5 [ca.1798], performed on an original Viennese fortepiano from c. 1800 with violinist Paul Luchkow, was nominated as Classical Album of the Year in the 2013 Western Canadian Music Awards.

His newest CD, with baroque violinist Paul Luchkow of Michel Corrette's Sonatas Op. 25 (on mythological subjects) for harpsichord and violin [c.1743] will be relesed on Marquis in early 2017.

Michael lives in Victoria, BC.

“…very sensitive artists who really want the music to speak as it was intended by Hummel… a compelling interpretation which makes a lasting impression.” 
Johan van Veen, MusicWeb International (Great Britain)

"...Michael Jarvis was particularly sensitive at the fortepiano; his delicate work added immeasurably to the charm and descriptiveness of the recitatives."
The Vancouver Sun (Canada)

"Jarvis has an awesome technique that produces music of enormous style and crystal clarity . . . the contours of the music are never even blurred, but emerge with a coherence and persuasiveness that is remarkable."
The Hamilton Spectator (Canada)

"Michael Jarvis donne ici une interprétation limpide et inspirée..."
Répertoire (France)

Michael Jarvis