Claire Chan demonstrated a prolific talent for the violin at the age of eight when she first performed as a soloist with orchestra. As an avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with several award-winning groups. The Essex Quartet, managed by Columbia Artists, was supported by a grant from Chamber Music America and a residency at Rutgers University. The Beijing String Quartet won first prize in the China National String Quartet Competition. The Beijing Chamber Players performed in the auspicious venues of the Forbidden City Music Festival and the Beijing Concert Hall. The Kneisel Trio held summer residencies at the MidAmerica Chamber Music Institute and at the Troy Public Library Chamber Music Institute. Chan, born in Detroit of Chinese parentage, graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, where she earned musical honors and a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. She earned a full scholarship from The Juilliard School as a student of Joseph Fuchs, where she completed both her master’s and doctoral degrees. She taught at the Juilliard School as an assistant to both Professor Fuchs and the Juilliard String Quartet. She also taught for several years in Beijing at the Central Conservatory and the Capital Normal University. Chan performed as a member of the New York City Opera and on Broadway with Phantom of the Opera. She has taught violin at the Third Street Music School Settlement and at the Town School.