Claude Sim launches a new project featuring all original music. Sparked by collaborating with banjo master Béla Fleck in 2014, Sim began writing new music for an improvisation-based group. Playing on a custom electric octave mandolin, he strives to honor tradition while moving forward.
Chicago native Claude Sim enjoys a varied career as a chamber musician, orchestral principal, soloist, and multi-genre performing artist.
He studied violin performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM ’99) with Greg Fulkerson, Almita Vamos, and Roland Vamos.
At age 21, he was appointed Associate Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra under music director Marin Alsop. His work as featured soloist with the orchestra has earned praise and critical acclaim from the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. He has since held an Associate Principal violin position with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and has served in numerous guest artist capacities, including guest Concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony, Principal Second of the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, and Section First Violin with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Sim has collaborated with noted pianists Christopher O’Riley and Jeffrey Kahane, members of the Vermeer and Tokyo String Quartets, and has served as guest first violin and viola with the Miró Quartet and Pacifica Quartet, respectively.
For over a decade, he was the solo violinist of Extasis, the noted tango ensemble with a stunning studio CD to their credit.
Claude Sim’s 2006 album, Time With You, featured a collection of popular jazz standards from the American Songbook. Critically acclaimed jazz trumpeter Greg Gisbert makes a guest appearance on the record.
Known for his multi-genre interests, Claude Sim has shared the stage with fiddler Eileen Ivers, Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule), rock band Guster, and with the iconic Denver band Devotchka, both live and on their album 100 Lovers. He performed as a duo with banjo master Béla Fleck on a 2014 Colorado tour, culminating at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
Sim’s current project is a band consisting of himself on acoustic and electric mandolin, guitarist Dan Schwindt (Kyle Hollingsworth Band) and master bassist Eduardo “Bijoux” Barbosa.