Claire Holden

AHRC Fellows in the Creative and Performing Arts


Research interests include historical string performance, music in late 18th- and early 19th-century Vienna and London, and performance philosophy.

Claire Holden joined the music faculty in October 2014. Having been awarded an AHRC Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts in 2010, Claire spent 4 years at Cardiff University researching early nineteenth-century violin playing and lecturing on historical performance before coming to Oxford.

Claire is a professional period instrument violinist and has been a member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) since 2000. With OAE, Claire has performed and recorded a vast range of Baroque, Classical and Romantic repertoire, varying from self directed chamber programmes to early twentieth-century symphonic repertoire and commissions by contemporary composers. In addition Claire regularly plays with other period instrument ensembles including The Sixteen, Florilegium, Steinitz Bach Players and Collegium Musicum 90.

Claire teaches Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, London and has given lectures, workshops and masterclasses and coaching projects in many UK universities and conservatoires, as well as at the Koninklijk Conservatorium, Den Haag, Universität der Künste Berlin, and L’Université Paris-Sorbonne. She has presented a number of pre-concert talks at the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall London and on the radio for the BBC Proms. Claire is often asked to provide advice and coaching to soloists, orchestral leaders and professional ensembles on early nineteenth-century string playing.