Violist Clare Yang joined the Nashville Symphony in 1995. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, she moved to the "Hoosier" state at age 4 and grew up in Bloomington, Indiana. She holds both bachelor's and master's degrees from Indiana University, where her principal teachers were Abraham Skernick, Atar Arad and Stanley Ritchie. Clare was a first-prize winner in the 1995 Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition.
In addition to playing in the Nashville Symphony, she is an active chamber and studio musician and is a member of the Nashville String Machine, Music City Baroque, Eastwood Ensemble, and Gateway Chamber Orchestra, where she serves as co-principal. She has served on the faculty of Tennessee Tech, Belmont University and MTSU, and is currently adjunct faculty at Lipscomb University.
When not playing the viola, Clare loves exploring the area greenways and parks on foot and bike; the blueways, rivers, and lakes by kayak; reading; knittting; doing yoga; and, lastly but certainly not least, enjoying time with her wonderful daughter Rachel.