Measha Brueggergosman (née Gosman) was born to Anne Eatmon and Sterling Gosman in Fredericton, New Brunswick, becoming at least the eighth generation of her family in Canada. At the time of the American War of Independence, African Americans were offered their freedom if they fought for the British, and many accepted, heading to Canada—especially the Maritime provinces.
Growing up singing in the choir of the local Baptist Church, Brueggergosman pursued her musical interests with both vocal and piano lessons. In her teens, she attended music camp in Rothesay, New Brunswick and summer programmes at the Boston Conservatory on scholarships. She attended the University of Toronto, where she earned a Bachelor of Music, then went to Düsseldorf, Germany, where she earned a Master of Music from Robert Schumann Hochschule by 1990.
Brueggergosman performed with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, then obtained the lead role in Beatrice Chancy (1998) an opera about an enslaved African-Canadian woman in 19th-century Nova Scotia. She married her high school sweetheart, a former exchange student from Switzerland, and formed a unified last name.
Brueggergosman's powerful performances have earned her much international recognition. From the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the International Tattoo in Nova Scotia to the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Cincinatti Opera and the International Beethoven Festival in Bonn, her voice and interpretation have amazed listeners. Her 2005 performance in Songs of Innocence and of Experience by William Bolcom garnered three Grammy Awards and Best Classical Album. Other awards include Montreal International Musical Competition, the International Music Competition in Munich and the Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo. She has two Juno nominations, winning in 2008 for Classical Album of the Year. In September 2009 Brueggergosman performed at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Measha Brueggergosman: Joni Mitchell’s "Both Sides Now"
Watch a video clip of Measha Brueggergosman performing Joni Mitchell’s "Both Sides Now." From YouTube.
Measha Brueggergosman: Surprise
In this video clip Measha talks about recording her new DG album Surprise in London. Includes scenes of her recording session. From YouTube.