Co-Principal Second Violin – English National Opera; Former Principal Second Violin – Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Australian Hometown: Shepparton
Education: University of Melbourne (Conservatorium); Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
Australian violinist Claire Sterling studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and the University of Melbourne, Australia. In 2004 she was appointed Principal Second Violin with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Claire appeared regularly in SCO chamber concerts and is a guest principal with several other UK orchestras including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé, Northern Sinfonia and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. She also plays with Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Claire has performed as soloist with the Scottish Sinfonia, Edinburgh and Southbank Sinfonia, London. Chamber appearances include Spitalfields, Arundel and City of London festivals and recitals in France, Italy and Australia. Other chamber appearances include CHROMA, Mr McFall’s Chamber, Endymion and Bennelong Ensembles and live broadcasts for Radio 3 with Charles Hazelwood’s Excellent Device.
A former leader of the Australian Youth Orchestra and Camerata Australia, Claire has participated in master classes with Ruggiero Ricci at the International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum, Salzburg. With the Linus String Quartet she studied with the Emerson and Vermeer Quartets in the USA and Hatto Beyerle in Switzerland.
Claire is now Co-Principal Second Violin with the English National Opera in London.
Last updated 2023