Clara Abel comes from a family of musicians, and began playing the cello at the age of four. Her principal teachers include Liz Efroymson, William Grubb, and Joel Krosnick. A native of Indianapolis, Clara has won top prizes in numerous competitions and has soloed with orchestras throughout the Midwest and New York City. She has also performed in solo masterclasses for John Sharp and Tamas Varga. In 2013/14, she toured nationally and internationally as principal cellist of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra. Since then, she has spent her summers at Kneisel Hall. Clara’s love of chamber music led her to study with Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School, where she is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree. A passionately devoted chamber musician, Clara is a member of the Kahlo Quartet, which was among three ensembles chosen for Juilliard’s Honor’s Chamber Music Program. As a member of the Kahlo Quartet, she worked closely with the Juilliard String Quartet in masterclasses and coachings, and participated in the 2017 JSQ Seminar. Other recent highlights include a recital in Alice Tully Hall, and masterclasses appearances at Juilliard and CMS Lincoln Center with Peter Oundjian, Joel Smirnoff, and Keith Robinson. Clara performs regularly with the Abel String Quartet and the New York based Cosmopolitan Chamber Players as well. She plays on a Caspar Strnad cello generously on loan from The Juilliard School.