Claire Solomon

Claire S.

Pelham, 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.
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Claire delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3+

Teaching since:

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. I live and breathe the cello, and I can't wait to share my passion with you.

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Jun 2016 - Aug 2016
Aspen Music Festival and School PALS Program


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


Professional Proficiency

Photos & Videos

2017 Performance of the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra
Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, 2017

Gossamer Trio performance in upstate NY, 2017. Claire Marie Solomon, Flutist Carol Wincenc, Harpist Nancy Allen

Montreux Jazz Festival in 2014, performing with cello rock ensemble Low Strung

Aspen Music Festival Stage, 2015

Making friends in the Colorado mountains.

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7 Reviews

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Sharon Apr 7, 2019
Cello · Online

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.

Angela P. Mar 26, 2019
Cello · In studio

Truly professional and a fine first lesson!More as we move on...

Sara Dec 7, 2018
Cello · Online

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!

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Edwina Mendelson May 27, 2018
Cello · In studio

Claire is a great teacher!

Benjamin Apr 16, 2018
Cello · Online

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!

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Ashish V. Jan 27, 2018
Cello · Online

Claire was very patient with my daughter and encouraged her to practice on several basic techniques. We are looking forward to the upcoming lessons!

Sharon Oct 30, 2017
Cello · Online

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!

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