CLARE THOMPSON
Violin
For over a decade, Clare was Sub Leader at the Philharmonia Orchestra. A longstanding Professor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, she has more recently been appointed to the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music. Passionate about training young people, she is a Trustee for the National Children’s Orchestras of GB where she has been a regular tutor for more than 15 years.



She has given masterclasses in Georgia, Ukraine and Belarus under the auspices of the prestigious ICulture Orchestra, the premier orchestra for eastern European young musicians, with whom she has frequently tutored. She was also invited to Bayreuth in 2015 to tutor the Bayreuth Young Artists Festival Orchestra and more recently JONDE, the Spanish National Youth Orchestra.



Keen to pass on her wealth of knowledge and orchestral experience, Clare is regularly invited to tutor in all of the London Music Colleges and is increasingly sought as teacher and audition mentor by many young musicians embarking on their careers. She has an established private studio in North London, teaching across the Syllabi. Her students range from age 7–18 with notable recent examination and Royal Conservatoire entrance successes. She currently has pupils in EUYO, NYO (notably three in the 1st violin section including the Leader), NCO and other prestigious youth ensembles.



Clare was a prize-winning student at the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Carmel Kaine. Whilst there she represented the RAM widely with her string quartet and led the RAM Chamber Orchestra. Scholarships then enabled her to complete her Post Graduate studies in Germany with Wolfgang Marschner.



On her return, she was soon appointed to the Principal 2nd chair of the English Chamber Orchestra, performing with such artists as Barenboim, Perlman and Zukerman. During her decade with the ECO she also performed with them as a soloist both in the concert hall and recording studio. She has been invited as Guest Leader with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Royal Northern Sinfonia (Director/soloist), Ulster Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Thames Chamber Orchestra and freelanced in Principal positions with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra amongst others.



Whilst at the Philharmonia, she performed with many of the world’s great conductors, Muti, Maazel, Dudamel and Ashkenazy to name but a few. She led the Philharmonia both on the concert platform, including the Royal Festival Hall and in the recording studio. She is now regularly invited to lead and co-lead British Orchestras including, most recently, working extensively as co and sub leader of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla.



Clare has also enjoyed an active chamber music career, performing, recording and broadcasting with such ensembles as Prometheus, Cirrus and Serenata. She has played chamber music with Rostropovich and is a featured soloist on a CD of Vivaldi violin concertos with Pinchas Zuckerman. She also continues to work in the studio recording many film scores, including The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and The Hobbit.



Clare was recently made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in recognition of her services to music.



She plays on a fine Joseph Gagliano violin, circa 1770.

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