Claire has been a student at the Gifted Music School for the past five years and is currently studying with Dr. Vera Watanabe at the school. She has competed locally and won first and second prizes back to back years at the Paderewski Music Festival, and second prizes in the Sandy MTA Piano Festival and Encore Solo Festival. Claire has also played for several esteemed piano professors including Fabio Bidini (Colburn School), Bernadene Blaha (USC Thornton School of Music), and Gary Amano (Utah State University).
Claire has always loved music; when she’s not practicing her solo repertoire, she enjoys accompanying various vocalists and solo instrumentalists, as well as her church choir. This past year she went on tour with her school’s Ensemble singing group and accompanied them and sang with them. She also has a job at Keynotes Piano Studio teaching piano lessons to little kids in her community.
Claire has played competitive volleyball on both a club team and her school team since she was twelve years old. She was team captain on her high school team this past season. She loves learning and excels in the classroom where she takes multiple AP classes. In her free time, Claire enjoys spending time with her parents and five siblings, traveling, and reading.