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Clara Ponty

Pianist and composer Clara Ponty's diverse musical background is the source of inspiration for the development of her unique musical body of work. The daughter of worldrenowned jazz violinist and composer Jean-Luc Ponty, Clara was exposed to a wide range of music even as a child. Born in Paris but raised in Los Angeles, Clara was continuously immersed in the exciting world of the international music community. "Thanks to my father, I grew up listening to a lot of genres: classical, jazz, East Indian, South American and African music... all these different influences broadened my outlook at a young age", she says.

Clara began studying violin and piano when she was only five, and by the time she was eight, she had written her first piece. She participated in local competitions in Los Angeles and won her first award at age eleven. In her early teens, she was accepted into the prestigious music program at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, where she was the youngest performer ever chosen to join the academy's coveted "Tour of Stars." She went on to attend the Maryland Conservatory and the University of Southern California (USC). Her piano teachers were masters such as Nelita True, John Perry, Hans Kemmerling and Helena Varvarova. She graduated from USC after performing a remarkable 2-hour recital featuring the music of Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin and Debussy.

Although she had proved herself a brilliant performer, Clara chose to not to purse a career as a classical pianist, but to follow what she knew to be her true calling, to be a composer. She recorded a demos of her first eleven compositions, which quickly attracted attention from major record labels. By that time, she had moved to Manhattan, where her debut recording for Philips Music Group / Universal Records, simply titled "Clara Ponty" and featuring Clara performing original works for solo piano, was recorded and released in 1997. It was followed in 1999 by "The Embrace," on which Clara revealed her depth as a composer, pianist and vocalist with ten new original works. Both recordings have met with critical acclaim and were featured prominently in mainstream media such as "People" and Forbes magazines, proof that Clara's appeal transcends genres. "The Embrace" reached the number 1 position on New Age Voice's "Airwaves Top 100", a play list reported by radio programmers across America. In support of both releases, Clara performed throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.

Drawn to the culture of India, one of Clara's dreams materialized In December 2002 when she performed in Bombay and New Delhi for the first time. Her two solo piano concerts got rave reviews in the press and she was profiled on Star News, a television program that is widely viewed in India and throughout Asia. Her concerts were so well received that she has been invited to go back to India in 2004.Clara's ongoing passion for composing resulted in the twelve new songs that are included on her newest release, "Mirror of Truth" (on JLP Productions distributed by Navarre.) She coproduced this third album with her father, who also contributed violin solos on a couple of tracks and also provided strings arrangements.Speaking about her life as an artist she says, "music for me has always been a much more exact means of communication than mere words, because it allows me to explore a dimension of the soul that I cannot express in ordinary language". Today, Clara Ponty is that rare artist whose virtuoso level playing fuses her classical heritage with world rhythms into a seamless stream of captivating sounds.

Contacts and Information:
Hans J. Batschauer
Hasenbergsteige 20 | D-70178 Stuttgart
Phone: +49-711-6 15 90 68
email: hb@cu-events.com

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