Claudia Lasareff-Mironoff

Academy Chamber Music Faculty
Academy Chamber Music Coaches
Program Area: 
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

She graduated from the University of Denver with a Bachelor of Music degree and earned a Master of Music in Viola Performance and a Certificate in Viola Performance from Northwestern University.

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

Set your goals higher and focus your desires for refinement and excellence greater than your current level of achievement.

Awards and achievements: 

Performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Grant Park Symphony, Music of the Baroque, The Chicago Philharmonic, Ars Viva and has been the principal violist of the Joffrey Ballet, Cape Town Symphony, Fulcrum Point, Chicago Sinfonietta, the Colorado Music Festival, and Chicago Opera Theater. Chamber music background includes performances with members of the Chicago Symphony, the Chicago Philharmonic, Roger Chase, Mathias Tacke, William Wolfram, and Ilya Kaler. She has developed, coordinated, coached for and enriched chamber music programs at the university level as the Coordinator of String Chamber Music at Northwestern University (2000-04), the Coordinator of Chamber Music at Wheaton College (2004-10), and as the Director of the Chamber Music at North Park University (2011-16). Master Class appearances include the 2011 Stulberg Competition, Northwestern University, Bowling Green University, Cal State Sacramento, Wheaton College, DePaul University, Roosevelt University, San Francisco State University and the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. She is a champion of new music and has recordings on the Albany and the Innova labels.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Adjunct Professor of Viola, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee Guest Lecturer, DePaul University, Chicago Violist, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Philharmonic Visit:

Interests outside of music: 

Travel and gardening

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

I enjoy working with contemporary composers as well as performing a wide range of standard repertoire.