Claire Gallagher

Violin Instructor


A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Claire N. Gallagher is a dynamic performer, collaborator, and educator based in the Houston area. A versatile musician, Claire is active as a chamber and orchestral player, and is a fierce advocate of contemporary music in all settings. She joined the Carya String Quartet in their fourth season and looks forward to continue bringing their community-based chamber music performances and educational programs to audiences across the Houston area.

Claire is a founding member of the cross-country-based Oasi Trio, a clarinet/violin/piano ensemble dedicated to the performance of new music, as well as the Achelois Collective, an all-women contemporary chamber group committed to community-engaged performance and promoting works by underrepresented composers. Claire also greatly enjoys collaborating with artists of other mediums to create dynamic, multidisciplinary performances.

In Houston, Claire performs regularly with the Symphony of Southeast Texas. While at the University of Houston, she played with the AURA Contemporary Ensemble and frequently led the Moores School Symphony Orchestra as concertmaster. Claire has had the opportunity to perform in both solo and chamber music masterclasses for acclaimed musicians including Rachel Barton Pine, Kristóf Baráti, the Aizuri Quartet, and the Calidore String Quartet.

A passionate teacher as well as performer, Claire maintains a busy private teaching studio, working with students of all ages and levels. She received her Master of Music and Certificate in Music Performance from the University of Houston, and Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan. Her primary teachers include Dr. Kirsten Yon, Stephen Shipps, and Lorien Benet Hart. She plays a Joseph Curtin violin built in 2000.

Outside of music, Claire loves to perfect her dessert baking skills, travel to new places, and decode the NY Times Sunday crossword.