Claire BRACHER - Biography
BA (Hons), KA, MMus (RCM)
Viola da gambist, Claire Bracher, lives in London where she divides her time between performing concerts, teaching and performing with her eight viol consort students at the Royal College of Music (RCM), playing tennis, and as editor of Musica Antiqua - an exciting new early music publication. www.MusicaAntiqua.co.uk
Claire has performed for and with many eminent early musicians and ensembles, the personal highlights of which were performances for HRH Prince of Wales at St. James' Palace (2005) and again with Duo Labyrinthe (2011), with the King's Singers (2009), and a J.S Bach concert at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall under the direction and baton of Ton Koopman (2005). She has recorded with Weser Renaissance for Radio Bremen and the label CPO, with the label Lunaris for her viol consort ORLANDOviols’recording of divisions on Italian madrigals, and 2013 will see the release of Atalante’s CD on Destino Classics, where she took part on treble viol.
Claire has performed in numerous festivals including the Innsbruck (Austria) Early Music Festival, the Stockholm (Sweden) EM Festival, the Vaanta (Finland) EM Festival, the Utrecht (Holland) EM Fringe Festival, the Queen Elizabeth Hall (London, UK) and the St. Martin in the Fields EM Festival (London, UK).
After nine years of living in Germany (having studied with Prof. Hille Perl at the Bremen hfk), and performing numerous concerts and radio broadcasts Europe wide, Claire returned to the UK in 2007, with a strong desire to share all that she learnt, immersed in the rich mainland European professional early music scene. With a vision to make the RCM the centre of UK viola da gamba excellence and activity, Claire founded the RCM’s annual International Festival of Viols in 2007.