Clara Warnaar is an American-Canadian percussionist, teacher, and composer. From Los Angeles and residing in New York City, she maintains an active bi-coastal performance schedule. She is a member of Ensemble Mise-en and a founding member of Excelsis, a self-directed all-female percussion quartet.
Clara is a regular performer with the American Modern Ensemble, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and the Patriot Brass Ensemble. She has also played with the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, the Manhattan Choral Ensemble, Symphony in the Glen, and le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne.
Her marimba playing, full of “wit and vitality,” has been featured in concerto performances at the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Montreal Symphony’s Standard Life Competition where she won 2nd prize. In addition to multiple solo recitals, Clara recently performed marimba amid an immersive beachscape constructed in midtown Manhattan for the score of Mermaiden, an original play produced by Spring Street Social Society.
As a drummer, she plays with the three-piece band Infinity Shred and was recently featured with AME in a revival of The Cask of Amontillado, an opera by Stewart Copeland (The Police). Clara recently had her film debut performing in the score for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014). Devoted to supporting the next generation of artists and artistically-minded citizens, Clara is a teaching artist with the Bridge Arts Ensemble, Midori and Friends, and Bija Kids Brooklyn. Clara owes her own musical education to her family, the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.