Claire Wells United States, 19, Senior

Claire Wells, a passionate violinist and pianist since the age of three, was born in California in a musical family. After graduating from the Yehudi Menuhin School in 2020 as a student of Professor Lutsia Ibragimova, she now studies with Professor Mihaela Martin at the Hochschüle für Musik und Tanz Köln. 1st Prize winner at the Lynn Harrell Competition, she has appeared as soloist with the Dallas Symphony, Nancy Lyric Symphony, Webern Kammerphilharmonie and Belgrade Philharmonic orchestras. Festival and masterclass appearances include Aspen Music Festival and Kronberg Academy Masterclasses. Claire plays on a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, on loan from a private donor.

“I feel very excited about this opportunity, and am looking forward to celebrating music with all of the brilliant musicians that I have the chance to perform with.”


Senior First Rounds
  • J.S. Bach Solo Sonata in A minor BWV 1003, Andante and Allegro
  • Paganini Caprice No. 15 for Solo Violin, Op.1
  • Joan Tower String Force