Montréal (Québec), 1951
Composer • Performer (voice)

Jazz fans may remember her first record, Bug Alley, and then the duo Young and Donato, which won a Felix and was nominated for a Juno in 1988 for Contradanse. Nine other albums have been released since then, appreciated by critics and public alike for the compassion and sensitivity that Karen Young displays, earning her the "Artiste pour la Paix" award in 2003. After her medieval opera, Canticum Canticorum, with mediterranean flavours, then two jazz albums, one live and the other impressionist and poetic with 6 wind instruments, this author-composer released a double album, Âme, corps et désir, a fusion between jazz and Ars Nova, which won the Felix of best vocal classical album of 2008. Having received a carreer grant from le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Karen Young took a sabbatical from the stage and composed her polychoral mass, Missa Campanula, and recorded it in January 2015 with 26 singers, including Suzie LeBlanc and Coral Egan. The album will be released in the fall of 2015. Karen Young performs regularly with jazz, classical and world musical groups.