Cellist Claire Bryant enjoys an active and diverse career as a performer of chamber music, contemporary music, and the solo cello repertoire. She is equally passionate and committed to her work as an educator and advocate for the inclusion and impact of the arts in society. A founding member Decoda, the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, Claire has collaborated with world-class artists including Emanuel Ax, Sir Simon Rattle, Meredith Monk, Daniel Hope, Dawn Upshaw, the Weilerstein Trio, the Danish String Quartet and members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, among others. She regularly performs with acclaimed ensembles in NYC such as Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Novus NY, American Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. The 2010 recipient of the Robert Sherman McGraw Hill Companies award for excellence in community outreach and music education, Claire is the director of Decoda’s justice initiative, Music for Transformation which brings collaborative songwriting workshops to correctional institutions. Decoda’s work in corrections was celebrated at President Obama’s White House with invitations in 2015 and 2016 to perform and share their work at the event, Innovation & the Arts: Prison Reform & Reentry in the 21st Century. In the 2018-2019 season Claire joined the internationally award-winning Cecilia String Quartet and the faculty of University of Toronto. In prior seasons she has acted as a visiting professor at the University of Northern Iowa and a guest cellist in the Nightingale String Quartet of Copenhagen, Denmark and the Ragazze Quartet of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Her diverse and versatile musical interests have taken her on international tours with renowned artists including jazz legend Ron Carter and tap dancer Savion Glover. Claire is on the Advisory Board of DePauw University School or Music’s 21CM, chaired by Yo Yo Ma and the Advisory Board of the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where her primary teachers were Bonnie Hampton and Joel Krosnick. In August 2019, Claire joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina School of Music as Assistant Professor of Cello.
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