Clare Twohy (violin), our 2001 winner, was a student of violinist Anne Crowden (founder of the music-based Crowden School in Berkeley) before entering the San Francisco Conservatory of Music at age 16. Clare studied violin with Camilla Wicks and voice with Cheryl Keller, performing in the Junior Bach Festival as a soprano as well as a violinist. She played with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and was in the Virtuoso Program at San Domenico School.
After obtaining her Bachelor of Music degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, she continued a diverse career as a composer and as a chamber musician on both violin and viola. She has taught composition and musicianship at The Crowden School, the San Francisco Conservatory’s Preparatory School, and at the New England Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory School in Boston. She is a member of the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra (SFCCO), a diverse group of composer-performers from the San Francisco Bay Area who seek to embody the sound of new music in San Francisco through the performance of their own music. SFCCO endeavors to expand the public’s interest in new music through concerts and recording projects. In 2009, she was a member of the newly formed Eidolon String Quartet, which performed music composed by all of the members of the quartet, who were then on the S.F. Conservatory’s faculty. (Resume updated by Concerto Committee in 2016 from reliable online sources.)