CLAUDIA SCHAER

A superb artist ... she had me completely mesmerized." –Catskill Chronicle

Claudia Schaer, Canadian recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician, is recognized internationally for her beautiful, intelligent and refreshing interpretations, her versatility as violinist and musician, and her intriguing programming. In 2014 she released a highly-acclaimed recording of the Bach Sonatas and Partias, hailed by Japan Bach Review as "... elegant, unique; a wonderful performance with secure skills." Claudia Schaer distinguished herself from an early age, earning her native Calgary's "Most Promising Violinist" medal when eleven year old.

Recent concert highlights include: performances at the prestigious Prussia Cove Chamber Music Festival; solo recital tours in Denmark and Switzerland of Bach's six Sonatas and Partias for Solo Violin; the Beethoven, Brahms, and Sibelius concerti in New York and Pennsylvaniathe New York première of Max Lifchitz' violin concerto Intervenciòn (with the composer as conductor of the North/South Chamber Orchestra); world premières of concerti by Zosha di Castri, Andrew Thomas, Winnie Yang, Margarita Zelenaia; her debut at New York's Weill Hall at Carnegie in a diverse programme entitled Beyond Categories - from Bach to Boulez to Klezmer, which included collaborations with the Echo-prize-winning David Orlowsky Trio. Claudia also performs chamber music with members of the Berlin Philharmonic, at the Opera Barga summer festival in Italy, and at the "Thy Chamber Music Festival" in Denmark. Vermont radio featured her in a performance of the Ravel piano trio, and her world-premiere of Tyler Capp's Stranger Variations for Solo Fiddle appears on the Bridge Label. Ms. Schaer's interest in contemporary music and composition has led to performances in the Lucerne Festival Chamber Orchestra under Pierre Boulez, and collaborations with the Chamber Ensemble of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the North/South Chamber Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, 20-21, and the European Musical Alliance.

Claudia Schaer has played in many renowned festivals around the world, including Prussia Cove, Barga, Thy, Banff, Bar Harbor, Hancock, Crested Butte, Banff, EAMA and JISA. Her artistry is influenced by her work with Pierre Boulez, Zoltán Székely, Lorand Fenyvés, Jaap Schroeder, and Joseph Silverstein, among other inspiring artists, as well as her mentors, including Otto-Werner Mueller, under whom she served as concertmaster of the Juilliard and Domaine Forget festival orchestras. Principal teachers include Sally Thomas, Ani Kavafian, Phillip Setzer, Pamela Frank, Dr. Lise Elson, Taras Gabora, Cenek Vrba, Olga Kotova, and Edmond Agopian. 

A gifted teaching artist, Claudia Schaer has appeared as a Guest Professor at the Guangxi Arts College in Nanning, China, giving concerts and masterclasses alongside Juilliard faculty. During her studies the Accelerated Bachelor/Master's Program at Juilliard, Ms. Schaer assisted her teacher, Sally Thomas, at the Juilliard School, the Mannes School and the intensive summer Meadowmount School (founded by pedagogue Ivan Galamian).

Ms. Schaer completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University in 2011, with an additional Graduate Certificate in Philosophy and Music equivalency. She is a recipient of the Sonia Streuli Maguire Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award from the Swiss Benevolent Society of New York for her work in this program. Her writing for this degree turns to the groundbreaking composers Varèse and Boulez, and the relations between music, philosophy and mathematics. Her long-standing fascination with these subjects led to papers thereupon already during her previous degrees, as part of the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange and the Juilliard Scholastic Distinction programs. 

Ms. Schaer's personal writing is published in Chamber Music America, Strings Magazine, the Stony Brook Press, the Juilliard Journal, and on her blog. She plays the "Tiger Lily" violin of  Ryan Soltis (2006) and bows by Morgan Andersen and François Malo.

 

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            With beautiful and intelligent interpretations, alongside intriguing programming, the versatile recitalist, chamber musician and soloist Claudia Schaer meets with accolades from audiences and musicians alike. Her recent recording of the Bach Sonatas and Partias for solo violin is hailed for its "elegant, light touch and lucid timber ... a wonderful performance" (Japan Bach Review) and unique "small softness at the beginning of the bowstroke" (American Record Guide).  

            Native of Calgary, Canada, Claudia Schaer was 11 when she received the "Most Promising Violinist" medal at the Canadian "Kiwanis Music Festival", and she won prizes in international competitions thereafter. A graduate of the Juilliard School's Accelerated Bachelor/Master program, she served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Symphony, and as teaching assistant to her mentor, Sally Thomas, as well as receiving the "Sasakawa Young Leadres' Fellowship".
            Ms. Schaer has toured Germany, Switzerland, and Denmark, giving many solo violin concerts, which included all six Bach Sonatas and Partitas, the Bartók Solo Sonata, and Boulez's Anthèmes. She gave her Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Debut (which included collaboration with the Echo-prizewinning David Orlowsky Trio). Other recent highlights included performances at the Banff Cetnre for the Arts, at Columbia University, and at Glencairn Cathedral in Pennsylvania (which featured a programme of violin and harp.) 
            An avid chamber musician, she has performed in England's prestigious Prussia Cove festival, in the Danish "Thy" Festival, and with Berlin Philharmonic members in Italy's "Barga Festival", among others. Her international commitment extends further to China, where she has given masterclasses in Guangzhou, Nanning, and Guilin, and is a Guest Professor of the Guangxi Arts College.
            Claudia Schaer is currently a soloist and concertmaster of New York's North/South Consonance Ensemble, with which she premièred the Lifchitz Violin Concerto, among many other works. She completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University in 2011, mentoring with Phillip Setzer, Ani Kavafian, Pamela Frank, Philippe Graffin, and Soovin Kim, and writing about Varèse, Boulez, and the intersection of mathematics, philosophy, and music. 
For details about upcoming performances, and further information, please visit   www.ClaudiaSchaer.com

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            With beautiful and intelligent interpretations, alongside intriguing programming, the versatile recitalist, chamber musician and soloist Claudia Schaer meets with accolades from audiences and musicians alike. 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). 
            In the all-solo-violin vein, Ms. Schaer has concertized extensively throughouth Europe and North America in the all-solo-violin, spanning the repertoire from Bach through works by Paganini, Ysaÿe, Bartók, Boulez, Honegger, Eckhardt-Grammaté, Peterson, Contreras, Semegen, and Lifchitz, to name a few.
            Claudia Schaer is a champion of new music, and an advocate of creativity in music, inspiring many composers to write for her. This season she will debut concerti by Andrew Thomas, Winnie Yang, and Margarita Zelenaia, and she has given the New York, American, and world premières of countless compositions, including the Lifchitz violin concerto, David Farrell's Re-Callings, and Zosha di Castri's La Forma dello Spazio.
            
Other recent highlights include Ms. Schaer's 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 serves as soloist and concertmaster of the North/South Chamber Ensemble, and is on faculty at the Bloomingdale School of Music. 

            Claudia Schaer earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University in 2011, mentoring with Phillip Setzer, Ani Kavafian, and Pamela Frank, and writing about Varèse, Boulez, and the intersection of philosophy and music under the supervision of Judith Lochhead and Lydia Goehr. She earned Master's and Bachelor degrees from the Juilliard School, where she assisted her mentor, Sally Thomas. 
            Ms. Schaer's writing on music is legible at www.ClaudiaSchaer.blogspot.com, and her Bach recording is available in person after concerts, as well as at www.ClaudiaSchaer.com/discography, as well as on iTunesAmazon, and Bandcamp.
            For details about upcoming performances, and further information, please visit www.ClaudiaSchaer.com

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            Claudia Schaer is a versatile recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician, known for her beautiful and intelligent interpretations and intriguing programming. Most recently, she recorded the Bach Sonatas and Partias for Solo Violin - more info and recording available at www.ClaudiaSchaer.com/discography. She studied with and assisted Sally Thomas at the Juilliard School, and completed a DMA at Stony Brook University, writing about the intersection of philosophy and music.

Photography: Sasha Catiere