Praised in the New York Times for her "impeccable, thoughtfully shaped, dramatically taut" playing, violinist Claire Jolivet has rapidly established herself as one of this country's leading interpreters of baroque and early classical repertoire. She maintains a busy career, appearing regularly with chamber ensembles and orchestras throughout the Northeast, including Sinfonia New York, Sarasa, Repast, Concert Royal, American Classical Orchestra, and the Clarion Society. She is a founding member of the Dodd String Quartet, and was for many years a member of the Four Nations Ensemble, with whom she appeared to critical acclaim on major concert stages throughout the US and abroad. She is the concertmaster of Opera Lafayette in Washington DC and of the New York based Grand Tour Orchestra. She performs regularly with Paris-based Opera Fuoco, and has appeared as a guest with Musica Pacifica, Piffaro, Tafelmusic, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
On modern violin, Ms. Jolivet freelances in the many orchestral ensembles in the New York area, such as the Stamford Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Lukes. She has appeared as violin soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Joseph Kalichstein, Paula Robison and Kathleen Battle. Ms. Jolivet was the founder and Artistic Director of the Crested Butte Chamber Music Festival in Colorado, an organization she steered for over 10 years.She has also been a participant in numerous summer music festivals, including the Boston Early Music Festival, the Bach Aria Festival, the Chautauqua Institute, the Grand Canyon Chamber Music Festival, the Redwoods Festival (CA) and the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland.
She began her violin studies in England with Pamela Spofforth and is a graduate of the Juilliard School where she studied with Dorothy DeLay. She has recorded on the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi , ASV - Gaudeamus, and Naxos labels.