Michael Jarvis has been acclaimed as one of Canada’s finest harpsichordists, fortepianists, organists, and continuo players, and is in demand as a collaborative artist and performance practice coach. He has performed with most of Canada’s leading orchestras and in chamber ensembles across Canada, the US, and Europe. As a conductor he has led many diverse programmes from 17th century French theatrical dance and English theatre music to 21st century 12-tone opera.
He has recorded for many labels, including Marquis Classics, Hungaroton, ATMA, Naxos, Solitudes and Avalon, and has many times broadcast nationally and regionally for the CBC, as well as nationally across the US on NPR. His Marquis Classics CD of Hummel’s op. 5 violin sonatas with Paul Luchkow was chosen as a finalist for Best Classical Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards 2013. Their CD, the complete sonatas for harpsichord and violin of Michel Corrette (op. 25), was released, also on Marquis Classics, to glowing international reviews; "Luchkow and Jarvis apply the polished elegance the court would have expected with the relaxed intimacy that would have heightened the musical pleasure in a recording that suggests the music’s more private destinations." (The Gramophone, UK). His most recent CD, with UK viola da gambist Sam Stadlen, the premiere recording of Giordani's op. 30 sonatas for violin, gamba, and fortepiano, was released world-wide on Oct 11.
Michael has taught at the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, and Wilfred Laurier University. He has been featured on two national Canadian television specials, “A Baroque Christmas” and “A Baroque Easter” and was also co-host and star of the 13-part television series “Come into the Parlour” for Bravo TV.