Clara Loeb

Born in Houston, Texas, Clara Loeb came to the United Kingdom to pursue a Masters of Arts from the Royal Academy of Music under the instruction of Yuko Inoue and where she was a recipient of the Sir Barbirolli Memorial Prize. In her time at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where she obtained a Bachelors of Music in Viola Performance, she studied with Barbara Sudweeks of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

As an undergraduate, Clara was a member of the Ephemere Quartet that worked extensively with Matt Albert and the Escher Quartet. She was also invited to play with the prestigious Meadows Virtuosi Players, alongside Matt Albert and Andres Diaz. Clara has attended many summer festivals including Madeline Island Music Camp, Castleman Quartet Program, Round Top Orchestral Institute, Musique en Graves (Bordeaux, France), National Orchestral Institute, and Domaine Forget (Quebec).

She has performed in masterclasses for Nadia Sirota, Hartmut Rohde, Garth Knox, James Dunham, Jean Sulem, Miguel da Silva, Tatjana Masurenko, Robert Vernon, Paul Silverthorne, Atar Arad, and CJ Chang. Recently, she was highly commended for her performance of Penderecki's Cadenza for Solo Viola in the Theodore Holland Prize at the Academy. With an interest in contemporary music, she has performed solo viola works by composers such as Caroline Shaw as well as premiering a work by Irene Gregori at a Composer's Platform Concert. Clara plays on a 1745 Jean Baptiste Salomon viola on loan from the Royal Academy of Music.