Clara Biss - Violin

The violinist and viola player Clara Biss is as happy playing chamber music on London's most prestigious stages, as she is touring the world with a symphony or chamber orchestra; this is reflected in her extremely varied career.

Having spent her student years in a successful string quartet, she then jumped to the other extreme and joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, where she had a job for five years. During that time she toured the world, working with such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Pinchas Zukerman and Daniele Gatti, as well as being inspired by soloists including Martha Argerich and Nigel Kennedy. Working in a busy London orchestra gave her a real appreciation of the challenges of the music world, and she is grateful to have had this opportunity.

Clara decided to leave the RPO in 2010, in order to play music outside the symphony orchestra repertoire. This has led to all sorts of opportunities, ranging from giving workshops in the foothills of the Himalayas to touring with The Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields and Murray Perahia. Her playing seems to have gravitated towards smaller scale performing, mainly with chamber orchestras and chamber music groups.

She is a member of the Britten Sinfonia, with whom she has loved touring in Mexico, New York, Amsterdam and South America, working with fantastic musicians such as Pekka Kuusisto, Thomas Ades and Mark Elder. She also works with ASMF, English Chamber orchestra and The London Mozart Players.

Clara began playing as a member of the mixed chamber group Endymion shortly after she finished studying, and has performed with them at The Wigmore Hall, South Bank and most memorably in a performance of Arvo Pärt's St. John's Passion in a BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall.

She has collaborated both as a violinist and viola player with the Edinburgh, Engergård, Dante and Coull Quartets, and has visited Prussia Cove for the International Musician's Seminar. She also teaches violin and viola to the Choristers of Westminster Abbey, as well as being involved in many community and education projects.

She studied at the Royal College of Music with Itzhak Rashkovsky and Ivo van der Werff, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Krysia Osotowicz.