Considered an outstanding teacher, Claire Oppert is renowned for her exceptional ability to develop young talent. She is regularly invited to give master classes both in France and throughout Europe. Since 2021 she’s been teaching cello at the Musica Mundi School in Belgium.
Her Cello studio at the Conservatoire of Music in Saint-Germain-en-Laye (France) counts many winners of national and international competitions amongst its students, including 11 first prize winners of the Concours Vatelot-Rampal (Paris), two grands prix of the Concours International FLAME (Paris) and two winners in the instrument category of France 2’s show Prodiges (2017 & 2018).
In 2019, one of her student won first prize in the Young Musicians Competition in Prague, and first prize at the German National Young Musicians Competition, Bundeswettbewerb Jugend Musiziert, as well the special prize of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben Foundation and the special prize of the Harald Genzmer Foundation in Münster.
Born in Paris, Claire Oppert graduated from the Moscow Conservatory and is a prize winner in many international competitions including in France, Italy, Germany and South Africa.
She has performed in orchestra concerts with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, she has regularly performed with such renowned musicians as Boris Berezovsky, Brigitte Engerer, Olivier Charlier, Pierre Amoval, Ilya Grubert and many others. She has participated in many festivals including Les Folles Journées de Nantes, Festival Radio France in Montpelier, Présences in Paris and the Autumn Festival of Moscow.
As part of the cello/piano duo with pianist Roustem Saïtkoulov, she has performed in many European countries, as well as in Asia, Africa and Australia.
As a member of the Ensemble Hélios (flute and string trio), she has interpreted over 30 works by contemporary composers and recorded many CDs.
Alongside her musical career, Claire has studied philosophy and has completed a Master’s Degree in Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art at the Sorbonne University, Paris.
For the last 20 years, Claire Oppert has also been a practising art therapist, working in particular with autistic young people and Alzheimer patients as well as in Palliative Care units. Holding a university diploma in Art Therapy at the Medical Faculty of Tours, France, she herself gives lectures at medical schools and universities on this subject.
Focussing on the ties between art and medical care, Claire regularly publishes articles in numerous reviews and presents her studies at medical and art therapy congresses as well as international conferences worldwide (Paris, Geneva, Madrid, Prague, Montreal, Jerusalem, Tokyo).
In 2013, she was the subject of Radio Télévision Suisse’s program «Violon Dingue». She has also appeared in numerous TV programmes on FR3, France 5, LCP (La Chaîne Parlementaire) as well as on Europe 1, France Inter and RTL radio channels. She is the author of several scientific publications on the global impact of music therapy in palliative care and a qualitative study on patients’ words.
Since 2014, supported by the CEFAMA Association, the APICIL, and AGIPI sponsorship, Oppert has been coordinating a national clinical study entitled «Schubert Dressing» on the counter-stimulation of music during care in the Chronic Pain and Palliative Care Unit of the Sainte-Périne hospital, which has received widespread interest and coverage in both the French and international press.
Oppert is France’s representative art therapist in the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC).
She is fluent in four languages (French, English, German and Russian). She has written a book about her musical experience with autism, dementia, pain and end-of-life patients which was published with a great success in February 2020 by Éditions Denoël.