Monday, October 6, 2008

Eva Gauthier


1885-1958; born in Ottawa.

Soloist at St Patrick Church in Ottawa.

Made her professional debut as a contralto at the Ottawa Basilica (1902) when she participated in a service commemorating the death of Queen Victoria.

May have been the first person to sing jazz during a concert, and the first woman to introduce jazz and oriental music to America. (

In 1914, she went to New York where her innovative concerts brought her to the heights of a modern arts lyricist.

Known for her love of modern composers and defending the cause of modern music.

Each Gauthier recital contained premieres, and it is estimated that she gave no fewer than 184 during her career,

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