MEET THE TEAM
Clarinetist - CEO
Dancer - Designer
Dr. Claire Grellier enjoys a diverse career as a performer, music educator, arranger, composer and arts administrator. As a very active performer, particularly through the medium of chamber music, Claire is part of three professional ensembles, the Frost Duo, KHAOS, and Four Play Clarinet. Claire has performed and presented in conferences all over the country such as CMS, FMEA, TMEA, ICA, NAMM, and NACWPI and has performed on international stages including France, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, China, and in the United States.
Originally from Nice, France, Claire completed a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music degree from the School of Music at Cal State University, Fullerton under the tutelage of Hakan Rosengren.
Prior to her studies in America, Claire graduated from the Nice and Monaco Conservatories (D.E.M.) Her primary teachers are Michel Lethiec and Marie-B. Barrière-Bilote. While in France, Claire played clarinet for the City of Nice Wind Ensemble and the City of Nice’s Military Band, where she served as the solo Eb clarinetist. She also has performed with the Nice Opera.
Claire completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in April 2020 with a doctoral cognate in Music Business. Claire was the teaching assistant in clarinet and the winner of the 2019 Frost Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition.
Claire currently teaches at the French Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, California. She is a Beaumont Music and a Buffet Crampon Performing Artist.
Ghislain Grellier started dancing at the age of ten at the Conservatoire de Danse et de Musique de Nice. Five years later, in 2008, Ghislain was admitted to the renowned Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (Cnsmdp). He graduated in 2012 receiving the Conservatoire diploma and the equivalence of a Bachelor degree in Contemporary Dance. In 2013, Ghislain danced with the Cnsmdp Junior Ballet and toured in France, England, and Eastern Europe. During his studies in Paris, Ghislain has had the opportunity to perform pieces from famous dance choreographers such as Hofesh Shechter, Edmond Russo – Shlomi Tuiser, Itzik Galili, Martha Graham, and Trisha Brown. While pursuing his degree, Ghislain created a dance company called Le Rapt Invisible, with the opera singer Romain Dayez in 2012. For the past five years, his company has produced five large production shows and has worked with over 40 different types of artists.
Since graduating from the Paris Superior Conservatoire, Ghislain has had the opportunity to perform for very different projects. Ghislain has had the opportunity to dance for different opera houses such as the Opera of Paris, La Monnaie de Munt of Brussels, and the Wexford Opera Festival in Ireland with the Paris’ Opera Comique. Recently, Ghislain was selected to be part of the cast of the Comédie Française in the well-known piece Les Damnés. The piece was part of the Festival of Avignon 2016 and included famous French actors such as Guillaume Gallienne, and Denis Podalydes. Ghislain has also performed as a dancer and actor in different music videos, commercial and events for famous names such as Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, Dassault, and the French-German television channel Arte.
Ghislain is constantly expanding his dance movement through performing, choreographing and teaching. In 2015, Ghislain obtained his teaching credential at the Centre National de la Danse de Paris and started teaching dance classes in Paris and other parts of France. In April 2017, Ghislain received a full scholarship to attend the University of California, Los Angeles to expand his knowledge in dance choreography in the World Art and Culture Dance department at UCLA and he graduated with honors in 2020.
Since he has arrived to California, Ghislain has been offered to create a dance solo for the event David Quilt organized by the UCLA School of Music and the Milken Family Foundation. His short dance film Eternelle, a film version of his choreography Eternelle has been selected and presented during the 40 NorthDanceFest in San Diego. Ghislain is currently associate to the music band Four Play Clarinet as choreographer and videographer. In 2020 he has performed his first contemporary ballet The Twelve Brothers, based on the text of the Grimm's Brother at the Glorya Kaufman Theater at UCLA. He is currently working on his new project, as well as developing his teaching method. In 2020, Ghislain has been teaching at the French Conservatory of Music ballet classes for children and adults. In 2021, Ghislain decided to open Inclusive Dance Program, a ballet dance program using ballet as a method for well-being.