Claire Brazeau is the principal oboist of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She is recognized as one of the leading American oboists of her generation. As an emerging soloist, this season she performs concertos by Martinu, Strauss, Mozart, and Bach in the United States and Europe. Claire was an awarded finalist in the International Gillet-Fox Oboe Competition. An omnivorous musician, Claire’s musical endeavors range from period instrument performances with the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra to world premieres with new music collective Wild Up, of which she is a member. In addition to her concert season, Claire is an active freelance studio musician who has recorded for several film and TV soundtracks.
An adjunct faculty member at the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University Long Beach, Claire maintains an active oboe studio. Deeply committed to music education, Claire frequently serves as guest clinician at numerous youth orchestra programs in Southern California. She is also a faculty member at the YOLA National Festival, a full-scholarship youth orchestra intensive spearheaded by the LA Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel comprised of nationally selected students from El Sistema-inspired programs. Among Claire’s other festival engagements are the Lucerne Festival Academy, Yale School of Music Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Aspen, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and the Pierre Monteux School. During the 2011-2012 season she served as a Visiting Artist in residence at the American Academy in Rome, Italy.
Under the tutelage of the LA Chamber Orchestra’s former principal oboist Allan Vogel, Claire received an Artist Diploma from The Colburn School. At Bard College and Conservatory she was a triple major, with a Bachelor of Arts in East-Asian studies and piano performance, and a Bachelor of Music in oboe performance. Her principal teachers at Bard were Laura Ahlbeck and Elaine Douvas; she studied piano with Blair McMillen.
Claire loves connecting with audiences on social media platforms and actively curates her Instagram page with concert clips, upcoming performance information, and pictures. To follow, please visit @oboejones.