Claire Heldrich


Claire Heldrich
Executive Director, Percussion Ensemble
Percussion Coach

Conductor/percussionist Claire Heldrich has appeared in music festivals worldwide, including the USSR Making Music Together Festival, Moscow; Taipei International Percussion Festival; Okada Festival, Japan; Segunda Semana Internacional de Percusiónes, Mexico; Adelaide Festival, Australia; Ravinia Festival, Chicago; Aki Festival, Cleveland; Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.; and the New Music Network Tour sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts. A champion of new music, she has performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic under Pierre Boulez, the American Composers Orchestra, the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, the Group for Contemporary Music, Continuum, Speculum Musicae, the Erik Hawkins Dance Company, Parnassus, the International Society of Contemporary Music, Music of Our Time, and the Whitney Museum of Art Series. Ms. Heldrich conducted Elliott Carter’s Double Concerto in Moscow with members of the Moscow State Symphony and performed in a broadcast of the Carter piece at the BBC in London.
Ms. Heldrich has appeared on CBS-TV’s Camera Three in works by Varèse, with Pierre Boulez and the New York Philharmonic; PBS Channel 13, in a documentary on John Cage, performing Cage’s Third Construction; PBS Channel 13, in George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children; and cable channels 31 and 21, in Harvey Sollberger’s The Two and the One and Cage’s Third Construction. She has recorded on Columbia Records with the New York Philharmonic and on Vox Records, Composers Recordings Inc., New World Records, Opus I Records, Nonesuch Records, Classic Sound, and Lovely Music. She was invited by Lincoln Center to be a guest lecturer for Drumming Across Cultures and in a preconcert talk on percussion, prior to a recital by Evelyn Glennie. She was also hired by Lincoln Center to perform in and direct Dormant Craters, which was commissioned by Lincoln Center.
Ms. Heldrich is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and has previously taught at the Mannes College of Music, Columbia University, and the Zukofsky Seminar in Iceland. In addition, she has held the Distinguished Visiting Professor chair at Middlebury College in Vermont.

Manhattan School of Music faculty since 1981.