Claire Tatman

Violin Teacher

Claire Tatman

SAA Member


Tucson, AZ
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Claire Tomoko Tatman is a professional violinist and instructor who performs primarily in Arizona and California and has privately taught violin and coached string ensembles for the past 9 years.

Claire earned her Bachelor of Arts in Violin Performance from Arizona State University in December 2013. Having begun her violin studies at age 12 with her mother, Mutsuko Tatman, she continued to study with Phoenix Symphony concertmaster, Steven Moeckel, before her college studies. During college, Claire studied with Mark Rush at the University of Arizona, with Renee Jolles at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and with Danwen Jiang at Arizona State University.

Claire currently plays as members of the West Valley Symphony and Symphony of the Southwest and actively subs with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. She just won the section violin audition and will be beginning with the Reno Philharmonic in June 2018.

Her past large ensemble experience includes the Arizona MusicFest, Arizona Opera, American Youth Symphony in Los Angeles, Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra in Nevada City, and Lake Tahoe Music Festival. She will be performing with the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Festival for her 2nd summer in 2018.

Claire has also performed with Celtic Woman Irish ensemble and the Game of Thrones Live Concert group. She was also a recipient for the summer 2017 AIMS (American Institute of Musical Studies) Festival in Graz, Austria.

Claire is a member of ASTA (American String Teachers Association) and is a Certified Suzuki Instructor through SAA (Suzuki Association of the Americas).

Claire enjoys teaching and performing in a variety of styles including Classical, Rock, Folk, and Pop. She teaches privately to children and adults as well as providing supplementary coaching for elementary, middle and high school string and summer string programs. She has been a coach and mentor with the Phoenix Junior Strings and Sacramento Youth Symphony Chamber Music Workshop for 4 years. In 2016 she was also a judge for the Regional Orchestra Auditions in Gilbert, Arizona.

In her spare time Claire loves to go cycling and hiking. She also loves to work on art projects and cook for friends.

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