The Sidewalk Cellist is available for everything from private gatherings, music lessons, workshops, chamber music, recording projects, non-classical collaborations, and public festivals. She's an independent musician, manages her own bookings, and always works on a sliding scale. Please direct all inquiries to: Clara Shandler, email@example.com
B I O G R A P H Y : Born into a musical family and enriched by the multicultural climate of Vancouver, British Columbia, Clara Shandler became a cellist at the age of three. Always determined to make her own way, she took her classical training into other realms: a punk band at age 15, busked regularly to earn her university tuition, collaborated with dance troupes, electronica, metal, folk, and gypsy bands, was the only individual in her graduating class to earn a Bachelor of Music in Music Scholarship degree from the University of British Columbia, embarked on a one-woman "Free Cello Concert" tour around North America at age 22, and released three solo albums before her 24th birthday.
Clara Shandler is a modern-day, musical version of Robin Hood - collecting from the rich and giving to the poor. After she earns her modest living she donates every extra cent of her income to Singing Tree and travels to Cambodia, Burma, and beyond to teach, volunteer, and share music. While in Vancouver she teaches cello and acts as Vice President for the East Vancouver Community Music School, is the assistant strings teacher at the West Point Grey Academy, writes ablog, helps organize monthly Classical Revolution gatherings in Vancouver, and performs as often as possible.
"I am in awe of her musical talents as well as her passion to share music and inspire others." -Tallulah, Vancouver is Awesome
"when I had the privilege of hearing her play, I was moved, in a way that only comes from hearing the deep cinematic sound of soulfully played strings." - Ceiilidh Daniells, Frontline Press
"her informal and relaxed concerts ran the gamut from Shostakovich and popular melodies to the music of Bach" - CBC Radio 2