Dr. Claire Grellier enjoys a diverse career as a performer, music educator, arranger, composer, and entrepreneur. As a very active performer, particularly through the medium of chamber music, Claire is part of two all-female professional ensembles. KHAOS Wind Quintet, mentored by composer and flutist Valerie Coleman, focuses on connecting with and inspiring audience members through new music, and outreach performances. Four Play Clarinet, a popular clarinet quartet, seeks to combine virtuosic classical training with a passion for pop and electronic music. Four Play Clarinet has a strong history in promoting women in music and the practice of the clarinet in schools. The group has over 4 million views on YouTube and provides accessible performance for people from all over the world. Recently, through the medium of YouTube, Claire has also developed her own project called the “Rose Etudes Series” and offers free educational videos on how to approach the practice of each of the 32 Rose Etudes.
Claire has performed and presented in conferences all over the country such as CMS, FMEA, TMEA, ICA, NAMM, and NACWPI and has performed on international stages including France, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, China, and in the United States under the baton of prestigious conductors such as Gerard Schwarz, Carl St Clair, Kent Nagano, Larry Rachleff, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and Kevin Noe. Claire has recorded music for Pharrell Williams and performed with Netflix composer Jeff Beal. Claire has also performed in masterclasses for Anthony McGill, Yehuda Gilad, Burt Hara, Marc Nuccio, Richie Hawley, Benjamin Lulich, and Alexander Fiterstein.
Originally from Nice, France, Claire completed a Bachelor of Music degree from the School of Music at Cal State University, Fullerton, where she subsequently earned her Master of Music degree as well, graduating with highest honors for both diplomas after studying under the tutelage of Hakan Rosengren. Prior to her studies in America, Claire studied in France at the Nice Conservatory where she graduated receiving her D.E.M. (French Diploma in Musical Performance) and at the Monaco Conservatory, her primary teachers being Michel Lethiec and Marie-B. Barrière-Bilote. While in France, Claire played clarinet for the City of Nice Wind Ensemble and the City of Nice’s Military Band, where served as the solo Eb clarinetist. She also has performed with the Nice Opera, both as a clarinetist and solo Eb clarinet.
Claire completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in the studio of Dr. Margaret Donaghue at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in April 2020 with a doctoral cognate in Music Business - Arts Presenting. At Frost, Claire was the teaching assistant in clarinet and performed with the Henri Mancini Institute Orchestra directed by multiple Grammy winner Maria Schneider and the Frost Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Gerard Schwarz. She is the winner of the 2019 Frost Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition.
Claire is the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Ball State University in Indiana. She previously taught at Occidental College, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Youth Orchestra YOLA and the French Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. Additionally, Claire is the Social Media Coordinator for the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI) and owns a small company that creates clarinet neck straps. She is a Buffet Crampon Performing Artist.