Clara Gabrielle Haslop


Clara Haslop started her piano studies at the age of 10. Within a year she won the Robert Turner Piano Concerto Competition and made her debut with the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony. A year later, at age 12, she was admitted to the prestigious Colburn Young Artist Summer Academy which she attended for three consecutive years.

Clara is a prizewinner of a number of international piano competitions such as the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, the International Youth Piano Competition, American Protégé International Piano Competition, as well as numerous California statewide competitions that encompass CAPMT (1st prize in both concerto and solo), winner of the Kathryn Gawartin Chopin Competition and MTAC Solo Honors Division.

In 2018 Clara made her Carnegie Hall debut as a top-prize winner of the AFAF International Concerto Competition and invited to perform the Grieg piano concerto with the Kostroma Symphony in Russia. She has performed under noted conductors Uri Segal, Gaddiel Dombrowner and John Roscigno with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, L.A. Doctors Symphony and Virtuosi Brunensis Virtuosi Orchestra in Italy.

In early 2020 Clara had the honor to have a private lesson with Emanuel Ax at Disney Hall. Masterclasses with Gary Graffman, Simone Dinnerstein, Jerome Lowenthal, Oxana Yablonskaya, Alexander Kobrin, Jon Nakamatsu, John Perry, Roberto Plano, Angela Cheng, Alan Chow, Sasha Starcevich,  Charles Abramovic, Haochen Zhang, Arthur Greene and Yoshikazu Nagai have inspired her immensely.

Clara was invited by Steinway & Sons in April 2020 to be their young showcase artist on the first Steinway Virtual Masterclass with Christopher O’Riley.

Major venues at which she has performed are Disney Hall, Carnegie Hall, Zipper Hall, Cypress Hall, Sala dei Notari in Perugia, Italy, Steinway Halls in Pasadena and Beverly Hills, the Philadelphia Academy of Vocal Arts and the Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center.

She has participated in numerous international piano festivals, including Music Fest Perugia in Italy, Puerto Piano Festival, the John Perry International Piano Academy, Vivace Matera International Music Festival, Adamant Festival, International Philadelphia Young Pianists Academy, Aloha International Piano Festival and the Colburn Young Artists Summer Academy.

Clara has studied extensively under Rufus Choi, Prof. Dmitry Rachmanov and Ory Shihor. In the summer of 2019 she decided to apply for her undergraduate Piano Performance degree one year earlier than originally planned, and proceeded to complete both her Junior and Senior High School credits in one year to pursue her dream.

In the fall of 2020 Clara started as an undergraduate at the Manhattan School of Music with Professor Jeffrey Cohen having been admitted at age 17, seven years after she began her piano studies. She is a recipient of the President’s Award Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music and will begin her graduate studies in the fall of 2024.