Klara Ek has a voice of remarkable clarity and beauty - qualities recognized by many of the world’s leading conductors and orchestras. Recent notable debuts include Die Schöpfung with Washington's National Symphony Orchestra under Helmuth Rilling, Bach’s Magnificat with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Ton Koopman, Schumann's Szenen aus Goethes Faust with Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under Christopher Hogwood, Mahler’s Symphonies Nos.2 and 4 with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel, as well as The Creation with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Mahler’s Symphony No.4 with the London Symphony Orchestra and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, all under Bernard Haitink. She made her debuts with the NHK Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras under Vladimir Ashkenazy and has sung Handel’s Messiah with the Minnesota Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä. More recently she gave her first performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Hallé under Nikolaj Znaider.
This season she makes her debut with both the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (under music director Peter Oundjian) performing Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem and with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No.4 (Andrés Orozco-Estrada). She also sings Die Jahreszeiten with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg (Adám Fischer); and returns to the Swedish Chamber Orchestra for Fauré’s Requiem (Thomas Dausgaard) and the Classical Opera Company for a recording of Mitridate, re di Ponto (Ian Page).
"…her keen sense of drama, combined with impeccable intonation and creamy timbre, made me wish to hear her in a complete production of one of these [Mozart] operas." (Peter Marks, bachtrack, March 2013)
"Klara Ek's blazing, impetuous Berenice is worth every one of those five stars on its own" (The Guardian, 2010)
“Klara Ek, a soprano with a clear, classical, crystalline sound.” (The Washington Post, May 2009)
“The great discovery of the evening was the young Swede, Klara Ek, with her expressive, polished style.” (Classique News, January 2009)
“Klara Ek's voice proved a thing of expansive beauty. Her remarkable clarity throughout the taxing coloratura gymnastics of ‘Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion’ was breathtaking, as were the purity and directness of her gentle I know that my redeemer liveth.” (Pioneer Press, December 2008)
“Her light, gleaming, but never acidic soprano makes her a name to watch.” (Financial Times, January 2007)
“Klara Ek brought a brilliance and éclat to the extravagant showpiece.” (Sunday Express)
Lawrence Zazzo and Klara Ek make Russian debuts
Charlotte Hellekant and Klara Ek perform Mahler with Los Angeles Philharmonic and Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra
Paul Agnew and Klara Ek make their debuts with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Klara Ek makes her debut with Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Klara Ek performs in La finta giardiniera with Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican
Klara Ek appears with Il Complesso Barrocco at Staatsoper Berlin
Klara Ek's recording of Handel's Berenice excites the critics