New Zealand violinist, Sarah Claman, graduated with a MusB(Hons) in 2011 from the University of Otago (Dunedin, NZ). After completing an exchange to Dartington College of Arts (UK), she discovered a passion for performing contemporary compositions and free improvisation. She went on to study at the Escola Superior de Música in Barcelona, where she formed part of the String Quartet Moana and is currently based in the Netherlands where she performs regularly with Duet Claudàtor and as an improviser.
Review from Sarah’s performance of Haydn’s C Major Violin Concerto with the Dunedin Youth Orchestra:
“Stamps and cheers from a full house rewarded violin soloist Sarah Claman and her strong and energetic interpretation of Haydn’s Violin Concerto No 1 in C. Virtuostic challenges, double stopping, melodic leaps, triplet rhythms and chromatic shifts in the romping Presto and the dancing Allegro Moderato movements were met with steely assuredness. The Adagio was performed with a powerful sense of lyricism, majesty and calm. Claman is indeed a fine young musician and gave a thrilling performance.” -ODT 24 September 2009
Review from the inaugural performance at the BCN Impro Fest 2016:
“A collision of delicate fragments – Lai’s piano conjures up spring rain, Schneider’s non-verbal acrobatics are awe-inspiring and playful in equal measure, the scraping of Claman’s strings raise the hairs on the arms (mine, not hers as far as I know), and Vega’s flute provides an almost-not-there bubbling undercurrent. There’s an easy randomness at work here alongside an atmosphere of close attention and deliberation; indeed, some of the most effective moments are when voice and flute briefly merge into a single rich sound.” – A Jazz Noise 9 February 2016