Claire Solomon

Claire S.

Brooklyn, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I love playing and teaching the cello, and I'm so excited to share that with you. I make lessons fun and engaging, and you'll leave feeling positive and focused on progress. I believe that the technique should serve the music, so we'll always focus on creating art and telling a story. Cello playing mirrors life, so what we do in the practice room will have much larger applications than you might anticipate! From beginning students learning the basics to advanced players who need a push in the right direction, I aim to help you improve quickly and have a great time doing so.

About Claire S.

Hi there! I’m a musician working in the NYC area, frequently flying to Florida to perform with the Sarasota Orchestra and the Sarasota New Music Ensemble. I'm a recent graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where I recently won the 2017 Cello Competition to perform the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 with orchestra. Previously, I attended Yale University where I earned my Bachelor's degree in psychology. I have spent most of my summers performing at the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado, and I have played in festivals from Indiana to Italy. My cello teachers have included Eric Kim (Jacobs), Richard Aaron (Juilliard), Alan Harris (Eastman School), Maria Kisoupolos (NY Philharmonic), Eric Bartlett (NY Philharmonic), and Wolfram Koessel (American String Quartet). I'm an active performer on the East Coast, collaborating with artists such as harpist Nancy Allen and flutist Carol Wincenc. I have taught almost as long as I have played, beginning with local community service and growing to teach as part of the Aspen Music Festival PALS program, and work at the Perlman Music Program with young artists from all over the world. I live and breathe the cello, and I can't wait to share my passion with you.

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Sharon
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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
Sara
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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
Benjamin
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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
Sharon
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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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Experience

Fellow
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.

Musician
Sep 2018 - Present

The Sarasota Orchestra

Musician with the Sarasota Orchestra, employed for Masterworks series.

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.

Teacher
Jun 2016 - Aug 2016

Aspen Music Festival and School PALS Program

Education

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

Languages

French

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

CPR/AED
Jun 2019

American Red Cross

CPR/AED training for professional rescuers.

Awards

1st Prize Winner, Cello Concerto Competition
May 2016

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Affiliations

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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