Clara Cernat

violin, viola, storytelling composer

Clara Cernat

violin, viola, storytelling composer

Made her début at the age of 15 as a soloist with the Arad Symphonic Orchestra in Romania, followed by a quick and brilliant musical evolution that lead to winning five international prizes in France, Germany and Italy, alongside an intense CD recording and concert activity.
One of the representatives of the great Romanian violin school, Clara Cernat was a disciple of Stefan Gheorghiu at the Bucharest Music Academy, where she was awarded the highest marks in numerous disciplines including violin, chamber music, analysis, harmony, history of music, and study of folklore. She won several scholarships and she could deepen her art of violin, at the Bonn International Music Academy, Germany, winning the diploma of the special program « Europe’s greatest talents » (professor Igor Ozim), then at the Ecole Supérieure de Violon Tibor Varga in Sion, Switzerland (professor Tibor Varga).

Clara Cernat’s career took off after winning the 1st Prizes in both J.S. Bach and Città di Andria Competitions, as well as winning the 2nd Prize and the Mozart Special Prize in the Kloster Schöntal International Competition.
She is regular guest of the Romanian philharmonic orchestras, performing concertos by Tchaïkovsky, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, or Mozart. She is also much sought-after chamber music artist, both as a violinist and as a violist, being particularly recognized as a favourite performer of George Enescu’s music. Together with Thierry Huillet, pianist and her partner in life and on stage, she founded a Duet, playing worldwide and regularly recording successful CDs and DVDs, unanimously praised by the critics

“The Little Prince, Music for orchestra”, Version for String orchestra Music : Thierry Huillet

Text : Antoine de Saint Exupéry Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse,
France Director and pianist : Thierry Huillet
Michel Wolkowitsky
, narrator
Clara Cernat, solo violin
Sound & video : AdixSon

Recorded live in Toulouse (France), Auditorium Saint-Pierre-des-Cuisines, June 24th, 2022


La Mandoline de Clara Cernat

Si les instruments de musique avaient une âme, que raconteraient-ils de leurs destinées ? Dans un grenier poussiéreux d’Ukraine, une Mandoline italienne sort d’un profond sommeil. À ses côtés, un truculent Chapeau tatar et un timide Violon klezmer. Dans l’intimité de leur refuge, ils dévoilent leurs histoires, amours et aventures vécues au fil des siècles dans les palais de la vieille Europe, les prairies de Bohême et les steppes mongoles. Ce conte musical est une invitation à un voyage poétique et bouleversant, reposant sur l’harmonie entre les mots et la musique.

If musical instruments had souls, what would they say about their destiny? In a dark, dusty granary in the Ukraine, an Italian mandolin awakens from a deep sleep. Beside it, a charming Tatar hat and a shy Klezmer violin. In the safety of their refuge, they reveal the stories, loves and adventures they have shared over the centuries in the palaces of old Europe, the prairies of Bohemia and the steppes of Mongolia. This musical tale is an invitation to a poetic and moving journey, based on the harmony between words and music.

The story on this CD/book is told in French.