Claire Brazeau is the principal oboist of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She is recognized as one of the leading American oboists of her generation. As an emerging soloist, this season she performs concertos by Martinu, Strauss, Mozart, and Bach in the United States and Europe. Claire was an awarded finalist in the International Gillet-Fox Oboe Competition. She is an active studio musician and has recorded for several major motion picture and television soundtracks.
Claire is part of the woodwind faculty of the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University Long Beach where she maintains an active oboe studio. Deeply committed to music education, Claire frequently serves as guest clinician at numerous youth orchestra programs in Southern California. She is also a faculty member at the YOLA National Festival, a full-scholarship youth orchestra intensive spearheaded by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel and comprised of nationally selected students from El Sistema-inspired programs.
Under the tutelage of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s former principal oboist Allan Vogel, Claire received an Artist Diploma from The Colburn School. At Bard College and Conservatory, she earned a triple major with a Bachelor of Arts in East-Asian studies and piano performance, and a Bachelor of Music in oboe performance. Her principal teachers at Bard were Laura Ahlbeck and Elaine Douvas; she studied piano with Blair McMillen.