“I’m thrilled to be invited to teach on the exciting and innovative STAR Platform. It will be a wonderful opportunity to share knowledge and meet music enthusiasts who want to go on the adventure of learning a musical skill thanks to the power of the internet! I look forward to meeting you!” – Clea Friend
Eastman School of Music, New York
University of Edinburgh
Cellist Clea Friend was born in London and has performed with many orchestras and ensembles in the UK, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera and Ballet, and both the Paragon and Hebrides Ensembles. She is an active chamber musician and in 2009 established Artisan Trio with violinist Aisling O’Dea and pianist Simon Smith.
Clea sees her role as not just as a performing musician, but also as a community worker and educator, facilitating a wide variety of people from across all sectors of society to use music as an expressive and communicative tool. In addition to her extensive teaching experience, she has been project manager and animateur for several innovative projects in the UK and abroad, from schools and community centres, to theatres, prisons and war-torn communities. These have included work with Scottish Chamber Orchestra Education, Streetwise Opera at the Sage, Gateshead, Richard Stilgoe’s Orpheus Centre in Surrey, as well as extensive stays in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovnia, where she was also co-founder and Principal Cellist of the Mostar Sinfonietta.
For the past twenty years she has worked with children adults affected by the conflicts in former Yugolsavia and now works regularly with ‘Hear My Music’ throughout Scotland, an organisation that facilitates music making with children and adults with additional needs and autism.