Claire Smith joined the Third Street faculty in 2002. She considers Third Street her 'home away from home.' She also is on the faculties of the Spence School and Bank Street School for Children. She performs on both modern and baroque violin. Early music performances include Trinity Baroque, Big Apple Baroque, Siren Baroque, Dorian Baroque, the Leonarda Ensemble and La Fiocco Baroque. Modern work includes Astoria Symphony, Sinfonia Celestis, Greenwich Symphony, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Di Capo Opera, Bronx Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera and on Broadway.
Claire's notable appearances include Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with David Letterman and The View with Sean "Puffy" Combs and Father John Misty, and she is also the violinist for Ritchie Blackmore’s band, Blackmore’s Night, with whom she has performed in Germany, Holland, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Scotland, Luxembourg, England and the US. Recordings include Shakira’s album, She Wolf and Blackmore’s Night’s Dancer and the Moon.