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    Claudia Schaer


    Violinist Claudia Schaer is recognized for beautiful and insightful interpretations, alongside intriguing programming. Her recent recording of the Bach Sonatas and Partias for solo violin is hailed for its "elegant, light touch and lucid timbre ... a wonderful performance" (Japan Bach Review) and unique "small softness at the beginning of the bowstroke" (American Record Guide). She is a versatile recitalist, chamber musician and soloist.
    Claudia Schaer has concertized extensively throughout Europe and North America. Among other performances, she gave many all-solo-violin concerts spanning the repertoire from Bach through Paganini, Ysaÿe, Bartók, Boulez, Honegger, Eckhardt-Grammaté, Peterson, Contreras, Semegen, Lifchitz, and Tower, among others.
    An advocate of creativity in music, Claudia Schaer has inspired many composers to write for her. In 2017, she gave debuts of concerti by Andrew Thomas, Winnie Yang, and Margarita Zelenaia, and she has given the New York, American, and world premières of countless other compositions, including the Lifchitz violin concerto, David Farrell's Re-Callings, and Zosha di Castri's La Forma dello Spazio.
    Other recent highlights include a Carnegie Hall Weill Recital debut, recital tours of Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, the USA, and China; chamber music performances in England (Prussia Cove), Denmark (Thy), France (Fontainebleau), and Italy (Barga, with Berlin Philharmonic members). In New York City, she performs as soloist and concertmaster of the North/South Chamber Ensemble, and is on faculty at the Mannes Preparatory Division and the Bloomingdale School of Music.
    Claudia Schaer earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University in 2011, studying with Phillip Setzer, Ani Kavafian, and Pamela Frank, and writing about Varèse, Boulez, and the intersection of philosophy and music, under the mentorship of Judith Lochhead and Lydia Goehr. She earned Master's and Bachelor degrees from the Juilliard School, where she was assistant to her teacher, Sally Thomas.
    Dr. Schaer's writing on music is available at, and her Bach recording is available in person after concerts, as well as at, and on iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp.
    For details about upcoming performances, and further information, please visit

    Degrees Held

    Doctorate of Musical Arts, Stony Brook University
    Master of Musc, The Juilliard School
    Bachelor of Music, The Juilliard School

    Graduate Certificate of Philosophy and Arts Equivalency, Stony Brook University

    Performances and Appearances

    Current Courses

    Chamber Ensemble (Fall 2019)

    Lesson 1 hour

    Lesson 1 hour (Fall 2019)

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