College of Visual and Performing Arts, School of Music
Clara Zahler, violinist, was born in Cremona, Italy. She has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and as a member of orchestras with conductors such as Carlo Maria Giulini, Riccardo Muti, Kurt Mazur, John Pritchard, Kurt Sanderling, Giuseppe Patane, Paul Phillips, Leonard Slatkin, Skitch Henderson, Eve Queler, Richard Westenberg, Robert Shaw, Arthur Weisberg, Leon Botstein and Paul Zukofsky. Her membership in orchestras includes, American Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Ballet Orchestra, New York Pops, Mostly Mozart Festival, Martha Graham Dance Company, The Orchestra of the 20th Century and the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence, Italy). She has performed with the Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Canadian Ballet, Canadian National Ballet, The Netherlands Ballet, The Cuban National Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, and the Dance Theater of Harlem. Experience on Broadway includes the orchestras of On Your Toes, My One and Only, The Tap Dance Kid, Evita, David Copperfield, and Les Misérables.
Her formal studies were carried out at the Juilliard School with Sally Thomas, C.U.N.Y. Queens College with William Kroll. Private studies continued with Matthew Raimondi (the Composers Quartet) and Burton Kaplan (Manhattan School).
Ms. Zahler has been a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University School of Music, the University of Minnesota School of Music, Connecticut College, and the Third Street Music School (NYC). She is presently Professor of Practice at the Texas Tech University School of Music.