Cellist Claire Bryant has an active and diverse career as a leading performer of chamber music, contemporary music, and the solo cello repertoire. She is a founding member of the acclaimed chamber music collective, Decoda - an affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall, and is the principal cellist of Trinity Wall Street’s chamber orchestra, Novus NY.
Bryant joins the UofSC School of Music in August 2019 as artist teacher of cello and assistant professor of music. She is equally engaged as an educator and advocate for inclusive arts – a newly emergent field focusing on the creative collaborations between learning-disabled and non-learning-disabled artists. Her international body of work in these areas was recognized in 2010 with The Robert Sherman Award for outstanding innovation in community outreach and music education by the McGraw Hill Companies.
In 2009 Bryant founded a community residency project through chamber music in her native South Carolina called “Claire Bryant and Friends.” This endeavor brings world-class artists to communities for weeklong residencies that go beyond the concert hall – bringing engaging pedagogy and performances into the public schools, advocacy forums supporting arts education, and community concerts and creative projects in diverse and innovative venues including hospitals, homeless shelters and correctional facilities.
Bryant has appeared as a soloist with orchestras from South Carolina to California, and Honduras to Finland, performing concertos of Haydn, Elgar, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens and Vivaldi, among others. Recent festival appearances include the Barbican Weekender Festival (UK), Festspiele Mecklenburg - Vorpommern (DE), Danish String Quartet Musikfest (DK), Carnegie Kids at Suntory Hall (JA), Mainly Mozart Festival, Portland Chamber Music Festival, Bennington Chamber Music Conference, Lincoln Center Festival, and Carnegie Hall’s Making Music Series (USA).
She is a graduate of The Juilliard School and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and was in the pilot class of The Academy – a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and Weill Music Institute and served as an assistant faculty at The Juilliard School from 2007–2012.