Claire Solomon
Bronxville, NY
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Claire Solomon

Claire S.

Bronxville, NY
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I love playing and teaching the cello, and I'm so excited to share that with you as you learn to play the music you've been hearing in your head. I'll work with you to create a personalized study plan that is engaging, positive, and progress-oriented. My teaching style is as slow as you need, as fast as you can go. Technique should always serve the music, so we'll focus on creating art and telling the story that you want to tell.

Lessons are open to anyone; even if you don’t have a cello yet! I have worked with beginning students learning the basics of reading music, to advanced players & colleagues looking for a careful ear. For learners under 10, I recommend 30-45 minutes. For all other players, there's no time limit; I love to go into details and can work as long as you want! For multiple lessons a week, discount packages are available. Congratulations on taking an amazing first step into learning the cello, and I look forward to meeting you in our first lesson.

About Claire S.

Claire is a professional musician based in NYC. She performs regularly with the Sarasota Orchestra and the Sarasota New Music Ensemble. She toured the United States with the Weimar Staatskapelle, and has spent many summers performing in the Aspen Music Festival. She frequently collaborates with preeminent musicians such as NY Philharmonic harpist Nancy Allen, and flute soloist Carol Wincenc. Claire is a graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she won the 2017 Cello Competition to perform the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1. She earned a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Yale University, where she was co-Principal Cello of the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and played with the all-cello rock group Low Strung.
Her cello teachers have included Eric Kim (Jacobs School), Richard Aaron (Juilliard), Alan Harris (Eastman), Maria Kisoupolos (NY Philharmonic), Eric Bartlett (NY Philharmonic), and Wolfram Koessel (American String Quartet).

Claire has taught for over 10 years, beginning with teaching through a local community service program from the age of 15. She has taught as part of the Aspen Music Festival PALS program, and has worked at the Perlman Music Program with young artists from all over the world. She maintains an online studio, and creates online courses in cello. She lives and breathes the cello, and can't wait to share that passion with you.


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13 Reviews
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I find these classes to be helpful and knowledgeable even for a non- cellist. I also appreciate the sense of humor and illustrations.
The lessons are comprehensive and detailed, elegantly delivered, and well organized. They are friendly and far from intimidating
I know I will apply some of this information in my next collaboration with cellists

Posted Jan 16, 2021
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Claire is such a great teacher. She is an outstanding communicator and, as a professional musician, has real world experience that makes for engaging lessons. Plus she always has a smile on her face!

Posted Jan 13, 2021
Nancy Allen
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My experience learning from Claire is totally positive. She is committed to helping me understand her technical comments, shares her enthusiasm for music, which inspires me to practice. She’s a wonderful teacher who makes it fun. She also introduced me to her Udemy course which I loved!

Posted Jan 11, 2021
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Claire is such an engaging and helpful teacher! Loved this class—it broke me out of my musical rut.

Posted Jan 11, 2021
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Amazing teacher! Incredibly knowledgeable and personable

Posted Jan 11, 2021
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Excellent instructor!

Posted Dec 9, 2020
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Claire is extremely patient and plays the cello beautifully. She always has tips and suggestions to help you play better. Her feedback is also always tempered with kindness. She is good at coaxing your best out of you.

Posted Apr 7, 2019
Angela P.
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Truly professional and a fine first lesson!More as we move on...

Posted Mar 26, 2019
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My 12 year old son has been taking lessons with Claire online for a couple of months. He had been playing a few years in school but never had an individual lesson. She is helping him create some new habits while improving his technique and musicianship. She is very encouraging and supportive (and fun!). Looking forward to seeing how he progresses in the future!

Posted Dec 7, 2018
Edwina Mendelson
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Claire is a great teacher!

Posted May 27, 2018
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Claire has such a lovely rapport with my son, and does a fantastic job instructing at his level. He is already showing retention of the information and concepts she has introduced, and he is so excited for every lesson. I’m thrilled we found her, and that she was willing to take a chance on such a young student!

Posted Apr 16, 2018
Ashish V.
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Claire was very patient with my daughter and encouraged her to practice on several basic techniques. We are looking forward to the upcoming lessons!

Posted Jan 27, 2018
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Claire was awesome! This was my first cello lesson and she was enthusiastic, patient, and encouraging all at the same time. She shared some good tips and taught me a lot today!

Posted Oct 30, 2017

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Nov 2020 - Present

The Astralis Chamber Ensemble

Classical performances with professional touring ensemble Astralis, with flutist Angela Massey and pianist Chee-Hang See.

Artistic Director
Mar 2020 - Present


MusiqBx is a new podcast brought to you by Juilliard and Yale graduates. Our goal is to break the boundaries of classical music, which has an uncertain future. The current delivery model is targeted at an audience that is primarily educated, white, older and affluent. Access to classical music is a challenge for most. Live classical music is accessible in concert halls and concerts are expensive. Secondly, radio is another way that classical music is accessible, but it is a passive method that tends to appeal to an educated audience, and does little to convert a wider audience. In addition, there is a lingering stigma classical music being elitist and exclusive. MusiqBx seeks to reverse that stigma and increase the scope and audience of classical music with weekly guest artists, engaging interviews, and educational segments that bring classical music back to the people.

Dec 2019 - Present

Private company

Created online cello learning videos and assignments for older beginners, managing sales, students, content creation, marketing, and merchandise.

Jun 2019 - Present

The Perlman Music Program

Fellow at the Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island and in Sarasota, Florida. Works with young artists at Itzhak Perlman’s summer and winter festivals.

Sep 2018 - Present

The Sarasota Orchestra

Musician with the Sarasota Orchestra, employed for Masterworks series.

Cello Teacher
Oct 2017 - Present


Orchestral Coach
Aug 2017 - Aug 2019

Greenwich Young Artists Philharmonic

Coached orchestra rehearsals and taught sectionals for cellists.

Private Teacher
Aug 2017 - Aug 2019

Riverside School of Music

Maintained a private studio at the Riverside School of Music in Greenwich.

Jun 2016 - Aug 2016

Aspen Music Festival and School PALS Program

Jun 2000 - Aug 2010

The Aspen Music Festival and School

Participated in the Aspen Music Festival and School for ten years in subsequent summers. Orchestral, chamber, and solo experience in the mountains of Aspen, Colorado.


Masters in Music - Cello Performance
Aug 2014 - May 2017

Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Aug 2010 - May 2014

Yale University

Sep 2006 - Jun 2010

Loyola School



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1st Prize Winner, Cello Concerto Competition
May 2016

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Stonehill College Book Award, 2010
Jun 2010

Loyola School


Teaching Artists Guild
Jan 2021
Teaching Artists Guild (TAG), a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, is a member-driven organization committed to the professionalization and visibility of artists who teach. We are the voice of the teaching artist, communicating the depth and breadth of work that teaching artists provide our educational systems and communities.
American Federation of Musicians
Oct 2018
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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