Toronto violinist and composer Clare Pellerin recently premiered her new Psyche String Quartet (28 min.), with the Grenadier Quartet. She performed the Canadian premiere of John Rutter's Visions for solo violin and choir with Cantores Celestes in 2018 and opened Romeo Scaccia's Canadian debut with Saint-Saëns' Rondo Capriccioso in 2015. She has recorded with Protest the Hero, with the choir of St. James Cathedral, and for film composer James Mark Stewart.
Clare has played with ensembles across the GTA, upstate New York, California, and Singapore, including the Seiler Strings, Symphonia London, the Eramosa Ensemble, the Society for New Music, the Emperor Quartet, and Volker Hartung's Swing Band. She is a founding member of the Grenadier String Quartet and also serves as concertmaster of Unitatis Strings and principal second violinist of the Kindred Spirits Orchestra. She is a regular recitalist at Belmont House and in the Guelph Connections concert series, in which her composition Windswept was also recently premiered.
The Métis daughter of an award-winning French-Canadian/Algonquin sound engineer and an Irish-Canadian violist, Clare began playing violin at age 5. She studied violin and composition at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore and at Colgate University in upstate New York, and earned an MA in Composition and Violin Performance at York University in Toronto, where she was concertmaster of the York University Symphony. She is a current student of Mayumi Seiler (violin) and Chan Ka Nin (composition), and previously studied with Adele Armin, Laura Klugherz, Zechariah Goh Toh Chai, and Zhou Tian. Clare also holds an honours BA in political science from the University of Toronto and an MA in political studies from the University of Saskatchewan, and has training in ballet and flamenco.