CLAUDIA LILIANA GANTIVAR

Claudia smiling holding her recorder

Claudia is a renowned recorder player known for her virtuosity and expressiveness. She spent more than twelve years of her professional career playing in Europe as a soloist and as a founding member of several ensembles.

Later in her career, she moved to Colombia, her country of origin, where she contributed to the Early Music program for the National University. While in Colombia, she also founded the early music ensemble Esfera Armoniosa in Bogota. The group won the highest price for music ensembles in Colombia and toured around the country bringing their talent to eight different cities and developing the “Io vo Cantar” CD in 2011. After four years in her native Colombia, Claudia moved to the United States with her family. She lives in the South Bay area near San Francisco where she maintains an active role participating in many concerts and activities with regional and local ensembles and early music groups.

News & Upcoming Events

Recorder Workshop: South Bay Recorder Society - A chapter of the American Recorder Society

On Friday, October 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Claudia will be directing the Recorder Workshop for the South Bay Recorder Society at the San Jose Congressional Church in San Jose, California.

ABRSM - Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Examinations

On Monday, October 20, 2014

Claudia will be presenting four of her piano students to the ABRSM exams for levels 3, 4 and 6.

IV International Festival of Chamber Music of Barranquilla

Barranquilla, Colombia

On Friday, November 7, 2014

Claudia will be directing her "Esfera Armoniosa" Early Music Ensemble as part of the honorary presentations in the IV Festival of Chamber Music in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Past Events

The two piano students that Claudia presented to the annual ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal School of Music) test passed with merit and distinction their respective tests for levels 3 and 5. We are all happy and congratulate them for their accomplishment. We look forward to continuing preparing and presenting more students for the upcoming tests. Both students had a great time and grew through this experience.

Claudia's piano and recorder students played in their 3rd. "Summer Recital" at the Union Church of Cupertino last June 5th. All students did a great job performing their pieces.

Claudia continues to share her passion for music to young students of all ages in schools of the Bay Area. On May 20th., she presented a conference and performed a short Early Music Concert on the Valley Christian Schools of San Jose. Students were very actively participating and enjoying learning about Early Music and instruments of the period.

Santa Cruz Baroque Festival

On Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Claudia played in the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival's 5th and last Season Concert, "WIND POWER: Virtuoso Music for Baroque Flutes". This concert will take place at the University of California Santa Cruz Music Center Recital Hall. Claudia played with Lars Johanesson, Alissa Roeding and Linda Burman-Hall a program full of magnificent pieces of the Baroque period from Germany. Here are some of the videos from the concert.

"Marin Headlands Workshop for Recorder"

Friday May 9th. to Sunday May 11th.

Claudia will participate during this great weekend of music in the "Marin Headlands Recorder Workshop" of the East Bay Recorder Society. Claudia will teach seminars for students of all levels -- "The Colonial Music of Central and South America"; as well as an intermediate-advanced seminar -- "Spanish Composers of the XVI Century". The seminar will have other great musicians teaching throughout the weekend.

The Seminar will take place at the YMCA Point Bonita Conference Center, Marin Headlands, CA.

"The Reluctant Baron - The Life & Times of Emmanuele d'Astorga"

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The "Valley of Heart's Delight" Ensemble, of which Claudia is a founding member, will bring "The Reluctant Baron" to life -- The Baroque music of Emmanuele d'Astorga and composers, like Scarlatti, who influenced him. Music of the 17th. and 18th. centuries. The other members of the Ensemble are: Angelique Zuluaga (Soprano), Katherine Heter (Harpsichord) and Roy Whelden (Viola da Gamba).

The Westmister Presbyterian Church is located at 1100 Shasta Avenue, San Jose, CA.

February 24, 2014

Claudia performed for the Dalai Lama during his visit to the Bay Area. Performing for the Dalai Lama during his dialog on "Compassion, Business, and Ethics". Event that took place in the Santa Clara University Campus. Santa Clara, CA.

2013 Road Scholar Early Music Workshop

Week 1: October 27 - November 2 2013

Claudia participated as a member of the Recorder Faculty in this Early Music Workshop. The workshop had many players for several regions of the US and Canada. It was a great experience for all participants who learned many techniques and the history of the music played. A student's concert, played at the end of the workshop, showed their great enthusiasm for the music and their dedication to learn! More information on the 2013 Road Scholar Workshop website.

American Bach Soloists Concert in San Francisco

On Saturday, July 13th in the S.F. Conservatory of Music, Claudia participated in the Masterworks Series: The Glories of Salzburg - Biber's Missa Salisburgensis.

This master work is Biber's 53-part polychoral for 9 different groups of instruments and it is probably the largest-scaled surviving work from the Baroque period. Here are some excerpts of the review of the overall performance: "Last night, in the Concert Hall of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM), all of these resources came together to perform both of Biber’s compositions for the first Masterworks Series concert on the current American Bach Soloists Festival. The concert, which offered the first North American performance honoring the full extent of Biber’s instrumentation, was entitled The Glories of Salzburg; and the results were never anything short of glorious."

More information about the series at the Society's website

The San Francisco Early Music Society - Recorder Recorder Workshops

Week 1 - The Art of Love and War

Claudia participated as a faculty member along with other great recorder musicians, from July 14th to the 20th 2013. She taught recorder technique and gave master classes. Get detailed information on upcoming workshops at the SFEMS website. Here is a video of Claudia performing during one of the "Teacher Concerts" during the workshop's first week.

Contact Claudia

For questions about performances, group or individual lessons, CD purchases or any additional information, please mail Send Email to Claudia Claudia. She will get back to you as early as possible.