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. Her distinctions began at an early age, when she was awarded her native Calgary's "Most Promising Violinist" medal. Most recently, she released a CD of the Bach Sonatas and Partias for solo violin, available at www.ClaudiaSchaer.com/discography.
Recent recital highlights include: performances at the Prussia Cove Chamber Music Festival; solo recitals in Denmark of Bach's six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin; the New York première of Max Lifchitz' violin concerto Intervenciòn (with the composer as conductor of the North/South Chamber Orchestra); and 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). Ms. Schaer 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, and the European Musical Alliance.
Claudia Schaer was a prizewinner in several international competitions. She is influenced in her artistry by her work with Pierre Boulez, Zoltán Székely, Régis and Bruno Pasquier, András Keller, Pinchas Zukerman, Gil Shaham, Lorand Fenyvés, Jaap Schroeder, Joseph Silverstein, Emile Naumoff, Philippe Graffin, and Hae-Sun Kang, among other inspiring artists. Ms. Schaer participated in the Thy, Fontainebleau, Leggiuno, EAMA and JISA festivals, and served as concertmaster at the Domaine Forget festival under Otto-Werner Mueller. 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 appeared as a Guest Professor at the Guangxi Arts College in Nanning, China, giving concerts and masterclasses alongside Juilliard faculty in 2001. 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 Meadowmount Schools (founded by famed pedagogue Ivan Galamian), and performed solos in Alice Tully Hall as concertmaster of the Juilliard Symphony.