The Kennedy Center

Claudia Chudacoff



Biography

Ms. Chudacoff is the concertmaster of both the National Gallery Orchestra and the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, and last year retired from her position as concertmaster of the U.S. Marine Band's White House Chamber Orchestra, in which she served during four Presidential administrations.  Prior to moving to Washington DC, she was the Assistant Concertmaster of the Louisville Orchestra.  She has appeared as soloist several times with all four of these groups, as well as with the Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Toledo Symphony, the Louisville Ballet and the Ann Arbor Symphony. 

Ms. Chudacoff is a member of both the Sunrise Quartet and the National Gallery Quartet, and has performed regularly on several area chamber series, including the Embassy Series, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, National Musical Arts, the Contemporary Music Forum, and with the Fessenden Ensemble.  With the Sunrise Quartet, Ms. Chudacoff recently participated in the International Festival of Sacred Music in Quito, Ecuador and also appeared in a broadcast for West Virginia Public Television featuring the quartet.  She can be heard on many recordings and radio broadcasts, including several appearances on National Public Radio's Performance Today program.

Ms. Chudacoff helped to found the College Park Youth Orchestra in 2006 and is the director of its Chamber Ensemble.  She also coaches the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra string quartet.  Ms. Chudacoff has served on the faculty of the University of Louisville, Indiana University (Southeast Campus), the DC Youth Orchestra Program and the Northern Virginia Youth Symphony Association.  She was also a teaching assistant to Sylvia Rosenberg while at the Eastman School of Music, where she earned both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees.  Her primary teachers were Michael Avsharian in Ann Arbor, and Sylvia Rosenberg and Zvi Zeitlin at Eastman.      
Claudia Chudacoff