Claudia Schwab

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Claudia Schwab is an originally Austrian fiddle player and composer, who lives and works in Ireland. As musician of the world, in her music she amalgamates different traditions and styles such as traditional Austrian, Irish, Classical Indian, Swedish and Eastern European folk.

Her musical journeys brought her to Egypt, California, Italy, Slovenia, India, New York, Moldavia,... more

Claudia Schwab is an originally Austrian fiddle player and composer, who lives and works in Ireland. As musician of the world, in her music she amalgamates different traditions and styles such as traditional Austrian, Irish, Classical Indian, Swedish and Eastern European folk.

Her musical journeys brought her to Egypt, California, Italy, Slovenia, India, New York, Moldavia, Transnistria, Sweden, Germany and Hungary, as part of orchestras and bands as well as touring her solo project.
Since having completed her BA in music and psychology in 2012 and an MA in ethnomusicology at UCC in 2013, she works as a freelance musician.
Current projects include collaborations with Austrian string-trio Netnakisum (AUT), Irish Indie band Tucan and their brass string ensemble (IRE), german Jazz legend Matthias Schriefl, the Cork Gamelan orchestra (IRE) and electronic band Co-Ex (IRE).

Her debut solo album ´Amber Sands´was released on April 26th 2014 and is now available on itunes, CDbaby, amazon, bandcamp etc.


Growing up under the roof of her two fiddle- playing parents in a small town in Austria, music was a central and fundamental part of Claudia´s life from childhood on. At the tender age of three, she took up a three stringed fiddle and started to jam along with radio, LPs, orchestral music, and with her family.
At the age of five she finally received her first violin lesson from her mum. Soon after that she enrolled in piano, singing and recorder lessons at the music school next door.

Over the years she performed the roles of first violinist in the youth orchestra, the Joey‘s Ba- Rock Ensemble, leader of the second violins in the
Schweizerorchester Frohnleiten and was involved with the school’s vocal ensemble and various choirs. Somewhere in-between she also had a short affair with the trumpet and hip- hop dancing.
From the age of 10 until 19 she frequented the Musikgymnasium Dreihackengasse in Graz/ Austria where she found out about voice leading, the circle of fifths and counterpoint and had her first experience of being part of a show in the opera house Graz.
As part of the Schweizerorchester, the international YMISO orchestra and the music gymasiums’s own orchestra she enjoyed trips to Egypt, California, Germany, Italy, Hungary and Slovenia.

Whilst the initial classical training formed the main part of her music making for many years, during her time at the Musikgymasium Claudia started to become interested in jazz improvisation, Eastern European folk and Irish trad, musics that were played at folk festivals around the area, and got swept away with the Styrian folk music revolution which took Austria by storm, refilling the valleys and mountains with beautiful yodelling and alpine fiddling.

In 2005, she accidentally emigrated to Ireland to learn some Irish traditional tunes. In her newly found second home Sligo, she got intensely immersed into Irish traditional music.In 2008 she took a trip to India where she started to study North Indian Classical Music with violinist Sukhdev Prasad Mishra. In 2012, Claudia completed her undergraduate arts degree in music and psychology at UCC achieving first class honours, followed by a sponsored masters degree in ethnomusicology which she completed in 2013.
During her time at UCC she was awarded a world music travel scholarship, the title of ´College Scholar´2012, an MA Fee waiver scholarship, a ´Doc Gleeson prize´2011 based on her end- of year performance in 2010, a CCE scholarship for students of traditional Irish music sponsored by Comhaltas Ceoltori Ireland and the 2nd prize in the H.H. Dr. Steward Literary Scholarship in Italian based on her final exam results in 2010.

Alongside working on her own solo project which she performed in Ireland, Sweden, Slovenia and Austria, she is currently touring through Switzerland, Germany, Moldawa, New York, Austria, Ireland, Italy and the Tchech Republic with Austrian string trio Netnakisum, Irish indie band Tucan and their brass-string ensemble, Scottish-Austrian string-duo Kate& the Austrian, the Cork Gamelan Ensemble and electronic indie band Co-Ex (IRE). Her debut solo album ´Amber Sands´was released in spring 2014.

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