Claire Wells, now 13, studies violin with Brian Lewis. Past teachers include her parents and Shelley Rich. She has had master classes and coachings from Ida Kavafian, Sergio Luca, Andres Cardenes, Julia Fischer, Pamela Frank, and Robert Lipsett. Claire has won several competitions, and this year was one of only 9 Americans (ages to 16) admitted to the Menuhin Competition. To date she has performed with 10 different orchestras and internationally in 4 countries. Past music festivals include Meadowmount, Music at Menlo, Musikferien Starnberger See, Sunflower Festival, Aspen Festival, and the Brain Lewis Young Artist Program.

From a review of a recent concert with the Jalisco Philharmonica in Guadalajara: “Highlights were the solos by 12 year-old violin virtuoso Claire Wells…..(who) was given a long ovation for her interpretations of Beethoven’s ‘Romance in F major’, and Saint Saens’ ‘Rondo Capriccioso'”.

Scheduled for 2015 is a concerto with the San Angelo Symphony (Feb. 6), and recitals (Tampa, Dallas and Austin) with pianist Tatiana Brizhaneva.

Also a pianist, Claire has performed, with orchestra, a piano concerto and a violin concerto on the same program.



Q: What is the most interesting or surprising thing about you?
A: Not much.

Q: What’s on your bucket list?
A: So far, getting a tattoo of my parents’ names, exploring the world, becoming patient, and jumping off a cliff (not in a suicidal way).

Q: If you were stranded on a deserted island, which composer or piece of music would you bring?
A: Anything by Bach.

Q: Who is your favorite musician?
A: David Oistrakh.

Q: What books are on your current reading list?
A: Paper Towns by John Green, and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.

Q: What is your favorite place to visit?
A: Aspen, Colorado.

Q:Where would someone most likely find you on a rainy Sunday afternoon?
A: Starbucks, or a bookstore.