About the Artist
Chicago native Claude Sim enjoys a varied career as a chamber musician, orchestral principal, soloist, and multi-genre performing artist.
He studied violin performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM '99) with Greg Fulkerson and Almita Vamos, as well as viola with Roland Vamos.
At age 21, he was appointed Associate Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra under music director Marin Alsop. His work as featured soloist with the orchestra has earned praise and critical acclaim from the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. He was formerly a member (Associate Principal Second) of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and has served in numerous guest artist capacities, including guest Concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony, Principal Second of the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, and section first violin with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Equally at home on violin and viola, Sim has collaborated in concerts with acclaimed pianists Christopher O'Riley and Jeffrey Kahane, members of the Vermeer and Tokyo String Quartets, and has served as guest violinist and violist with the Miró and Pacifica Quartets, respectively.
In addition to maintaining a private violin studio, he was formerly on the string faculties of the University of Colorado Denver and Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
For over a decade, he was the solo violinist of Extasis, the noted tango ensemble with a stunning studio CD to their credit.
Claude Sim's 2006 album, Time With You, featured a collection of popular jazz standards from the American Songbook. Trumpeter Greg Gisbert (Wynton Marsalis sideman) makes a guest appearance on the record.
Known for his multi-genre interests, Claude Sim has shared the stage with fiddler Eileen Ivers, Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule), rock band Guster, and with the iconic Denver band Devotchka, both live and on their album 100 Lovers. He performed as a duo with banjo master Béla Fleck on a 2014 Colorado tour, culminating at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
Claude Sim's all-instrumental group Spacefly plays a genre-bending hybrid of musical styles. The group features guitarist Dan Schwindt (Kyle Hollingsworth Band), bassist Eduardo "Bijoux" Barbosa, and drummer Dean Oldencott.