Viola: Claudine Bigelow

Claudine Bigelow (viola) - photo Dr. Claudine Bigelow is Professor of Viola at the Brigham Young University School of Music in the United States. She has performed in Europe, the US and New Zealand, and continues to be an active recitalist. As a soloist and chamber musician she can be heard on the Tantara label. She has been privileged to collaborate with Menahem Pressler, Orli Shaham, Ralph Matson, Paul Katz, Brant Bayless, the Fry Street and Avalon String Quartets. She currently performs with the Deseret String Quartet.

Claudine has played in the viola sections of the National and Utah Symphonies, Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, National Chamber Orchestra and at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D. C. Every summer she performs with the Grand Teton Music Festival. Her varied performances have been broadcast on radio and television including PBS, NPR’s “Performance Today,” and KBYU-FM and KBYU-TV.

In 2012, Claudine was chosen to be a Fulbright Senior Scholar, where she served as artist-in-residence at the Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music in Wellington. While there she recorded the 44 Duos of Béla Bartók with the New Zealand violist, Donald Maurice, called Voices from the Past. Critics have said the following about the CD:

“ . . . wonderful . . . strikingly emotional . . . sheds fascinating light on the nuances of Bartók’s writing . . . It will forever change the way you hear these remarkable pieces.” —Terry Robbins, The Whole Note

“…the Bartók in particular, [will] catch the attention of Fanfare’s serious collectors,” Ronald Grames, Fanfare Magazine

Bigelow’s students have found success in playing in sections of major symphony orchestras, have been featured on radio programs such as NPR’s “From the Top,” and won opportunities to solo with various orchestras, including the Utah Symphony.

In May 2005, she was the host chair for the Primrose Competition and Festival and in 2008 served as the jury chair. She served on the executive board of the American Viola Society for seven years and has also been president of the Utah Chapter. Claudine coordinates the annual Primrose Memorial Concert.

Her articles have appeared in The Strad, Journal of the American Viola Society, American String Teacher and Strings Magazine.

Claudine received her DMA from the University of Maryland, College Park, her MM and BM from Brigham Young University. Her teachers have included Daniel Foster, Michael Tree and David Dalton. At the University of Maryland she participated in an intensive chamber music program coached by the Guarneri String Quartet.