Claudia Lasareff-Mironoff, viola

Teaching Associate



MM and Post Graduate Performance Certificate, Northwestern University, viola


Violist Claudia Lasareff-Mironoff graduated from the University of Denver with a Bachelor of Music degree and earned a Master of Music and a Certificate in Performance from Northwestern University. She then became the principal violist of the Cape Town Symphony in South Africa. Ms. Lasareff-Mironoff has performed chamber music with members of the Chicago Symphony, members of the Lyric Opera, the Chicago Philharmonic, the Pacifica String Quartet, Roger Chase, Stephen Burns, Mathias Tacke, Ilya Kaler, Victor Yampolsky, William Wolfram, PINOTAGE, and members of Eighth Blackbird. She has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Grant Park Music Festival, Music of the Baroque, the Chicago Philharmonic, Ars Viva and has been the principal violist of the Colorado Music Festival, Chicago Opera Theater, Fulcrum Point New Music Ensemble, the American Ballet Theater in Chicago and the Joffrey Ballet. During the 2007 season she performed with the Santa Fe Opera. She is a member of the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, WI.

A champion of new music she has premiered and performed works by many composers. Her discography includes chamber works recorded for Albany Records and Innova Recordings. In 2005 she was the violist in Fulcrum Point's debut performance at the Ravinia Festival and performed in their Ear Taxi Festival performance in Chicago in 2016. She has performed regularly on WFMT since 1994 including a Dame Myra Hess Recital in 1998. She has performed on the Chicago Symphony’s Music Now Series in 2016, with Milwaukee’s Present Music and numerous times on the Chamber Music Milwaukee series at the UWM.

Guest artist recitals and master classes include appearances at Northwestern University, Bowling Green University, Cal State Sacramento, Wheaton College, DePaul University, Roosevelt University, San Francisco State University, and the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. She was the guest artist for the viola master class at the 2011Stulberg International String Competition and a judge for the 2018 Samuel Thaviu String Scholarship Competition at Northwestern University.

She has developed, coordinated, coached for and enriched chamber music programs at the university level as the Coordinator of String Chamber Music at Northwestern University (2000-04), the Coordinator of Chamber Music at Wheaton College (2004-10), and as the Director of the Chamber Music at North Park University (2011-16).

She coached chamber music for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2004-2006 and 2009-2014.

Currently she performs with the Chicago Philharmonic, Music of the Baroque, Fulcrum Point New Music Ensemble, the Peninsula Music Festival and is the Adjunct Professor of Viola at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, on the faculty at the University of Illinois- Chicago, Guest Lecturer at DePaul University and is a member of the Artist Chamber Music Faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy.

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Courses Taught

MUS 180, Private Instrumental Lessons
MUS 181, Private Instrumental Lessons - 30 Minutes
MUS 280, Advanced Private Instrumental Lessons