Player Spotlight ~ Claire Thaler~ Violin

Opus 908, “Nachez” 1716 Strad, 2016

“I cannot thank you enough for helping me on my journey to finding the right violin! I am so impressed with the power and sweetness of my new violin, as well as the beautiful craftsmanship. I could not ask for a better companion for my upcoming college auditions.”

Claire Thaler

Claire Thaler, 18, began playing violin at age four. She is seeking a violin performance degree at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University where she studies with Dr. Carolyn Huebl. Claire has performed in the Florida State University Philharmonia and the Tallahassee Youth Orchestra (concertmaster). She is a former student of Professor Corinne Stillwell and Dr. Valerie Arsenault.

Claire was selected to perform with the FMEA All-State Orchestras for five consecutive years, and she served as Associate Concertmaster of the FMEA All-State Symphonic Orchestra in 2017. Claire was invited to perform in the annual side-by-side concerts with the New World Symphony in Miami in 2016 & 2017, and she performed with the NAfME National Honors Symphony Orchestra in 2016. She was a finalist for the Tallahassee Bach Parley concert "Kids Go for B’roque” for five years, and she received 1st place in the 2017 Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and the 2016 BBCO Young Artist Concerto Competition.Claire Thaler

Summer study opportunities include Madeline Island Chamber Music, Castleman Quartet Program, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, and the Florida State University College of Music. Claire has performed in master classes for Almita and Roland Vamos, Rachel Barton Pine, Jennifer Koh, Jennifer Frautschi, and the Carpe Diem String Quartet.

Claire was recently chosen as the recipient of an Education Grant from the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation. She is a recipient of a Douglas C. Cox violin scholarship and plays on the beautiful Opus 908 “Nachez” 1716 Strad model made in 2016.


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