Claudia Gantivar smiling in Japanese Garden Lake

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.

In 2015, Claudia travelled to Colombia to record the Estera Armoniosa's second CD about the influence of the Spanish music and composers in other countries in europe and its Colonies in South and Central America.

¡Que Dulce Violencia! (What Sweet Violence!)

Image of the Que Dulce Violencia CD cover

Claudia is very happy to announce that her group "La Esfera Armoniosa" just published its new CD, "¡Que Dulce Violencia!" in December 2016. This is a very special CD and the product of a great deal of work to bring excellent baroque music to all the people that love early music. Through this CD we bring alive some beautiful pieces representative of the influence that the Spanish baroque music had all over Europe and in the Spanish colonies in the Americas. Beautiful pieces from illustrious and representative composers that were influenced by their contact with the world of the peninsular music of the time like Paolo Quagliati(c.1555-1628) and Tarquinio Merula(1595-1665). The title of the CD comes from the lyrics of the song "Ay, que abrazo de amor en la llama" ("Oh, how I burn in the flames of love") written by the Spanish composer Sebastian Durón(1660-1716). We have placed samples of the every one of the songs in the CD, to let you enjoy at least a small sample of its music and hoping you would like to add it to your collection! . Click ¡Que Dulce Violencia! to enjoy to some of the music !

Recent & Upcoming Events

January 20th 2018

Concert part of the "Grace Notes Live" series, Ensemble Virtu. At the Grace Lutheran Church in Palo Alto.

Past Events

December 3rd. 2017

Holiday Season Concert, Ensemble Virtu

October 21st, 2017

Concert "Mad About You" with newly formed Ensemble Virtu with music from restoration England. At the Tateuchi Hall in Mountain View

July 26th, 2017

Coaching/Teaching Recorder to the County Music teachers at the Community School of Music and Arts

April 30th, 2017

Esfera Armoniosa concert "Music Halls and Churches of the Spanish Colony in the 17th. and 18th. Centuries", St Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco at 4:00 PM

April 29, 2017

Esfera Armoniosa concert for the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival at Holy Cross Church at 7:30 PM

April 22, 2017

Esfera Armoniosa concert "Spanish Trinity Camber Concert Series" at Trinity Chapel, Berkeley at 8:00 PM

May 13th. 2017

Renaissance Student Ensemble during the Festival of the Arts at Valley Christian Hign School , Main Campus, San José.

Febrero 25th. y 26th. 2017

Baroque Music Program around "The Seasons" as part of the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival

December 3th, 2016

Winter Concert with private music class at 11:00 A.M. Union Church in Cupertino.

Living Wisdom School Students, Holiday Concert at 3:00 P.M. at Living Wisdom School in Palo Alto.

October 27th, 2016

Students take the ABRSM test

August 8th, 10th, and 11th, 2016

Coaching/Teaching Recorder to the County Music teachers at the Community School of Music and Arts

July 5th to 29th, 2016

Teaching recorder and Keyboard during the Music Summer Camp at "Canon of Music" in Cupertino

June 12th, 2016

Concert, Berkeley Early Music Festival and Exhibition Fringes at St. Alban Church, at 2:30 PM

June 5th, 2016

Spring concert with the Private Music class at the Union Church in Cupertino at 6:00 PM.

May 21st. 2016

Festival of the Arts in Valley Cristian School, leading the Recorder Ensemble Concert, Main Campus, San José at 10:30 AM.

May 6th, 2016

Living Wisdom School Student's Concert, Palo Alto at 7 PM

April 29th, 2016

ABRSM Student test. Private students will be presenting the piano and recorder ABRSM test.

From March 18th. to 20th., 2016

"Esfera Armoniosa" in Quito, Ecuador during the Sacred Music Festival of 2016.

La Esfera Armoniosa records its second CD "Ay! Que Me Abrazo de Amor en la Llama!"

July 2015

From June 26 to July 8, 2015

Claudia's Early Music Ensemble La Esfera Armoniosa" will perform a series of concerts in five cities of Colombia.

  • Friday, June 16th. in Popayan
  • Tuesday, June 30th. in Barranquilla
  • Wednesday, July 1st. in Rioacha
  • Friday, July 2nd. in Valledupar
  • Wednesday, July 8th in Bogota
  • On Saturday, May 30 2015

    Claudia's private piano and recorder students will present their Summer Concert at the NCMAC Center- 761 E. El Camino Real- Sunnyvale, CA 94087

    On Saturday, May 16 2015

    Claudia and her recorder students from Valley Christian School will be presenting their concert as part of the "Festival of the Arts" celebration at the school campus at 2:00 P.M.

    On Sunday, May 3rd., 2015

    The Valley of Heart's Delight Ensemble will repeat its concert featuring Italian composer Giuseppe Sammartini, and his contemporaries—Bononcini and Willem de Fesch but this time in the Grace Lutheran Church in Palo Alto, CA.

    On Saturday, May 2, 2015

    Claudia will play with her ensemble Valley of Heart's Delight for a beautiful concert of the Westminster Presbyterian Church Early Music Concert Series of 2015. A concert featuring Italian composer Giuseppe Sammartini, and his contemporaries— Bononcini and Willem de Fesch during their years of residence in London.

    Santa Cruz Baroque Festival

    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" Music Center Recital Hall.

    "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"

    The San Francisco Early Music Society - Recorder Recorder Workshop Faculty Concert

    July 14th to the 20th 2013.

    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.