Claire is a Brisbane-born violinist who, from a young age, has been inspired by the way in which music can bring people together and communicate what words cannot. When she performs, she strives to communicate the music’s underlying emotions to the audience to create a sensitive and moving performance.
Recent years have seen Claire develop as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, performing across Australia and overseas. In 2018, Claire completed her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at the University of Queensland (UQ), under the tutelage of Adam Chalabi. During her studies, she was a recipient of the Howard and Gladys Sleath Scholarship, winner of the Sleath String Prize and Music Honours Prize, and Concertmaster of the UQ Symphony Orchestra. Performance highlights from these years include performing as a soloist with the Cadenza Chamber Orchestra, numerous concerts with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as an intern, and playing alongside the Southern Cross Soloists as a Next Gen Artist.
Since commencing her training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2019, Claire has had the opportunity to learn from numerous internationally recognised musicians, including Mauricio Fuks, Umberto Clerici and Gábor Takács-Nagy. In 2020 Claire won the position of Concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra and also undertook fellowship programs with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She is excited to be returning to ANAM for her third year in 2021 and to continue learning from both Dr Robin Wilson and Zoë Black.
In the future, Claire hopes that music will continue to take her on adventures both within and outside of Australia. When not in the practice room, Claire can either be found drinking coffee at the nearest café or petting the closest dog. She is happiest when she can do both at once.
Financial assistance supported by ANAM Syndicate donors – Olga Abrahams, Ingeborg McCullough and the late Denys McCullough, Jannie Brown, Anthea Hill, Stuart Kollmorgen OAM & Valrie Kollmorgen, Leonie McLaren
Photo by Pia Johnson