A violinist since age five, Clara Fuhrman is currently in her year of residency pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin performance with Fritz Gearhart at the University of Oregon. She is the Graduate Employee in violin for the Eugene Symphony, and is a member of the violin faculty for the UO Community Music Institute. Ms. Fuhrman holds a Master of Music degree in violin performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she was a student of Ian Swensen, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Puget Sound, where she graduated magna cum laude with honors in the performance major, and received the university’s prestigious Roderick MacArthur Award for her undergraduate thesis. During her undergraduate career, Clara won the university’s Concerto/Aria Competition with William Bolcom’s Violin Concerto, and won the strings category of the Washington State MTNA Competition. While in San Francisco, Clara frequently performed as Concertmaster of the Conservatory Orchestra, and served as Graduate Strings Representative on the Student Council. Clara has attended many music festivals across the country, including the Aspen Music Festival (2018, 2015), Brevard Music Festival (2013), and the Montecito International Music Festival (2014). Clara has also had the pleasure of studying with acclaimed musicians such as David Halen, Cornelia Heard, Naoko Tanaka, Carolyn Huebl, and Maria Sampen.