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Claire Bryant

Title: Assistant Professor of Cello
School of Music
Phone: 803-576-8422
Office: School of Music Room 122
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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 of the arts in society. A founding member Decoda, Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, Claire has collaborated with world-class artists including Daniel Hope, Anthony Marwood, Emanuel Ax, Sir Simon Rattle, 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, and 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 as part of President Obama’s White House with two invitations to perform and share their work. In the 2018-2019 season Claire joined the internationally award winning Cecilia String Quartet and was on the faculty of University of Toronto. In prior years Claire was a visiting professor at the University of Northern Iowa and a guest cellist in the Nightingale String Quartet in Copenhagen, Denmark and the Ragazze Quartet in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Her diverse and versatile musical interests have taken her on international tours with jazz legend Ron Carter, tap dancer Savion Glover, in the orchestras of multiple Broadway shows in New York City, and featured on an array of multi-genre recordings and movie soundtracks. Claire is on the Advisory Board of DePauw University School or Music’s 21CM, chaired by Yo Yo Ma. 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.


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