Born in France, Claire Thirion studied at the conservatoires in Marseille and Boulogne-Billancourt, then at the Paris Conservatoire, before entering the Royal College of Music in London to study with Jérôme Pernoo and Catherine Rimer (Baroque cello). In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal. Since completing her studies, Claire Thirion has been in great demand for performance of both modern compositions and Baroque works. In 2008-2010, she held the position of principal continuo player with Emmanuelle Haïm’s ensemble, Le Concert d’Astrée. Claire works regularly with the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and is frequently invited as a guest leader for projects on period instruments with various ensembles, including BandArt and Bel Air Chamber Orchestra. An active soloist and chamber musician she regularly performs in France and other European countries either as part of her duo together with Karine Selo, with Boris Garlitsky or with Christophe Coin.