Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra

Oboe: Claire Brazeau


A native of Northern Michigan, Claire Brazeau is one of the newest members of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.  Claire enjoys pursuing musically omnivorous interests, from baroque chamber music on period instruments to experimental new music collaborations.  Last season, she performed concertos with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra and the Culver City Symphony.  Claire’s performances in the 2016-17 season include the West Coast premiere of Ken Ueno’s “Sawdust” for oboe and ensemble with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, as well as chamber music appearances with Camerata Pacifica. 

An active freelancer, she has performed in the Pacific, Pasadena and Santa Barbara symphonies; Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra; WildUp; Los Angeles Bach Festival; California Philharmonic; Santa Barbara Choral Society; and was principal oboist of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Symphony.  On the East Coast she has been a guest artist with orchestras and ensembles including American Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Musica Humana, the Berkshire Bach Society and is a member of the New York-based new music ensemble Le Train Bleu conducted by Ransom Wilson. She has performed at music festivals including Bravo! Vail Festival in Colorado, Hear Now Music Festival in Los Angeles, Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, Aspen Music Festival and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.  In 2011-12, she was Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome, where her engagements included self-curated concerts sponsored by the US Embassy, Roma Tre University, the Pontifical Academy of Science, and she gave the premiere Sean Friar’s Etudes for English Horn and Piano. 

In 2010, Claire graduated from Bard College and Conservatory in New York where she earned BAs in East-Asian Studies and Piano Performance, and a BM in Oboe Performance. She graduated from The Colburn School with an Artist Diploma in 2014, where she was a student of Allan Vogel.