Quote from review: “Fabiana possesses an impacting aplomb and great versatility” — Los Tiempos, Bolivia
Dr. Fabiana Claure has pursued internationally her career as a concert pianist, performing extensively not only in the United States, but also in Bolivia, Cuba, and Spain. As a soloist, she has performed with the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Frost Symphony Orchestra, the College of Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfonica Iuventas, and the Valencia Youth Orchestra. She has been featured in several international music festivals such as the Piccolo Spoleto International Music Festival (Charleston, South Carolina), the Iberoamerican Music Festival (Havana, Cuba), and the COFES International Music Festival (Cochabamba, Bolivia).
Dr. Claure won First Prize in the 2008 University of Miami Concerto Competition. She won Second Prize in the 2003 Southeastern Piano Competition in North Carolina and was a winner in the 2002 Arthur Fraser Young Artists Piano Competition in South Carolina.The College of Charleston awarded her with the 2003 and 2004 Edwin Davis Peacock Awards for the excellence of her piano performances. In Bolivia, Claure won First Prize in the 1997 “Mus-Art” Young Pianists National Competition and First Prize in the 1993 “Franklin Anaya” Piano Competition.
Dr. Claure began her musical studies in Bolivia with Ana Maria del Carpio and Ana Maria Canedo, graduating from the Instituto Laredo. She continued her studies in Havana, Cuba graduating from the National School of Music where she studied with Miriam Cruz and later Andres Alen. She then entered the Higher Institute of Arts in Havana and, after one year of studies, Dr. Claure won a full piano scholarship to continue her undergraduate studies with Enrique Graf at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. After graduating Cum Laude from the College of Charleston, she received a full scholarship to study with Joaquin Achucarro at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Claure holds both a Masters of Music and an Artist Certificate degree in Piano Performance degree from SMU. During her studies in Dallas, Dr. Claure was on the piano faculty of Gray School of Music and taught there for three years. She was also a member of the Dallas Music Teachers Association and a frequent adjudicator for the music festivals organized by the Plano Music Teachers Association.
In 2006 Dr. Claure was named a recipient of a P.E.O. scholar award to purchase a grand piano, being selected as one of the 80 fellows from over 800 applications in the US and Canada. She was also invited to become a member of the Eta Alpha Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society. In 2009 Dr. Claure was awarded a Yamaha In-Residence Fellowship from The College Music Society Fund. This fellowship is one of five awards given nationally to graduate music students majoring in performance to pursue a community outreach and engagement program. She organized and co-performed, along with her husband pianist William Villaverde, in a series of concerts for a variety of audiences in Miami during the 2009-2010 academic year. In addition, she co-wrote an article which was published in the May 2010 College Music Society’s Newsletter. She has been invited to present a lecture-recital at the September 2010 College Music Society National Conference in Minneapolis, MN.
Dr. Claure received her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance under a full scholarship at the University of Miami with Dr. JB Floyd. She also pursued a cognate in Music Business. In addition to her studies, Dr. Claure served as a Teaching Assistant for the Keyboard Department at the Frost School of Music teaching private piano and group piano to undergraduate music and non-music majors. During her final year at the University of Miami, Ms. Claure was invited to become a member of the Beta Beta Chapter of the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society. In addition, Dr. Claure is an entrepreneur and is Co-Founder, Executive Director, and Piano Faculty of Superior Academy of Music in Miami, FL. She is also a member of the Miami Music Teachers Association, as well as the Florida State and National Music Teachers Associations. For more information, please visit: www.fabianaclaure.com