Claudia Bloom, Violinist


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Sun. March 18, 2018 3:00 p.m.
Claudia Bloom solo recital
            “Vive La France”
featuring sonatas by Gabriel Faure, Francis Poulenc, & Guillaume Lekeu
with Dmitriy Cogan, piano
plus other Gallic treats
Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Rd. at Embarcadero
Free admission


Beauty, Pleasure, and Growth through the Violin

“Playing the violin touches the heart, the soul, and the mind, of both player and listener alike,” says consummate violinist Claudia Bloom. One of the most cherished teachers of both children and adults, Ms. Bloom gains her inspiration primarily from the chamber-music repertoire. “Chamber music speaks to human relationships,” Ms. Bloom maintains. “The interplay between voices brings out both individual and collective emotions and feelings. Violin playing is always about expression but this is expression with an attentive listener.” A passionate performer, Ms. Bloom commands nearly the entire spectrum of violin performance, from orchestral works to opera scores and from solos to octets. She embraces the contemporary as well as the classical repertoire. For her young students, Ms. Bloom teaches the whole person and helps her students grow as people. Often the violin is simply the catalyst for more intrinsic growing-up issues. But it always serves as a vehicle for creating beauty and expressing one’s individuality. Ms. Bloom is also an accomplished pianist and accompanies her students in recitals, making a harmonious pair.

Professional Biography

Claudia Bloom began her studies in Berkeley with Anne Crowden. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music as a full scholarship student under Raphael Bronstein and Ariana Bronne. Upon graduation, Ms. Bloom received the Karl Kraeuter Award for Outstanding achievement in Chamber Music. She completed her Master of Music degree as a teaching assistant at the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Syoko Aki Erle. From 1982-1990 Ms. Bloom was a member of the Ciompi Quartet in residence at Duke University and a full-time member of the faculty. From 1990 to 1992 she was co-concertmaster of the Zurich (Switzerland) Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Bloom has performed as a member of the Bloom Duo and Trio with twin sister Madeline Bloom (piano) and brother Jonathan Bloom (cello). Concert engagements as a member of the Bloom Duo have included performances in the United States, Canada, and Colombia, South America. Currently she plays principal second violin in Opera San Jose, is a member of the Grace Note Chamber Players, the Corina Quartet, and the Kineret Quartet, and performs as a recitalist. Ms. Bloom teaches privately and directs a chamber music program for children and adults in Palo Alto.


If you are a violinist, violist or cellist and you are interested in playing chamber music the new Palo Alto School of Chamber Music is a year-round program that suits players ranging in age from 7 to 70! Several years of violin study are a prerequisite but otherwise this program is designed as an introduction to chamber music and the coaching is done by professional Palo Alto musicians. There are various levels of players so you will be placed comfortably in a group of musical peers. There are five-week sessions throughout the year, each culminating in a concert featuring all of the groups. Scheduling is flexible and the cost is very reasonable! If you are interested please click here to send me an email or call me at 650 766 5084. I have been running chamber-music programs for ten years and they have been extremely successful and exciting for everyone involved! There is nothing I enjoy more than sharing the thrill of chamber music with my students so I hope to hear from you soon.