Mrs. Tania Maxwell Clements
Tania Maxwell Clements is one of the most sought after musicians in the Southeast, having come to Atlanta from Europe where her first major studies were at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) where she studied viola with James Durrant. During her studies at the RSAMD she won the prestigious Watson Forbes Prize for Viola Playing and the Viola Challenge Prize. Her studies continued in Switzerland at the International Menuhin Music Academy (IMMA) for two consecutive years, working intensively with Alberto Lysy and Johannes Eskar. During this time she performed regularly in masterclasses given by Sir Yehudi Menuhin and artists such as Igor Oistrakh and Donald McInnes. She was principal viola and soloist with the Camerata Lysy, Gstaad and performed as a soloist at the Menuhin Festival, Gstaad and at festivals in France, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Wales.
Upon leaving the IMMA, Ms. Clements was invited to become a founding member of the Seville Symphony Orchestra in Spain and from there was invited to join the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in Manchester, England as assistant principal viola. While working with the BBC, she also held the principal viola position with the Northern Symphony Orchestra and was invited to perform as guest principal with the Halle Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. During this time she was also a founding member of the Wralle Flute, Viola and Harp Trio and the Puligny String Quartet.
Ms. Clements joined the faculty of Georgia State University in 1998. Since arriving in Atlanta she has appeared as a concerto soloist both at Georgia State and elsewhere, gives frequent recitals and is a much sought after chamber musician. She is also principal viola and soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Tennessee and principal soloist and co-director for educational outreach with the Elysium Chamber Orchestra and Chorus. Ms. Clements also plays with Bent Frequency, Atlanta's premiere new music ensemble.
Over the years she has performed with many other orchestras including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish Orchestra (formerly the SNO), BP Scottish Ensemble, Scottish Opera Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, East of England Orchestra and the Royal Festival Orchestra. She has played at some of the world's most prestigious venues including Covent Garden and the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Philharmonie in Berlin, Boston's Symphony Hall, New York's Lincoln Center, La Scala Milan in Italy, the Musikverein in Vienna and Prague's Dvorak Hall. Since moving to Atlanta in 1998, she has performed with the Atlanta, Charleston, Columbus and Macon Symphony Orchestras, the Atlanta Chamber Players, the Kopec String Quartet, Musica da Camera and the Lyra String Quartet.
Ms. Clements has a prolific recording career and appears on almost 100 CDs covering orchestral, solo and chamber repertoire. Recent projects include a CD of solo viola, piano and chamber works by Atlanta composer Nickitas J. Demos as well as two concertos specially written for her. She is a strong supporter of new music for the viola and has personally commissioned many new works for her instrument.
Tania Maxwell Clements is also a master teacher. Before moving to Atlanta she taught orchestral techniques at Chethams School of Music (a Yehudi Menuhin School) and the Royal Northern College of Music and has also taught at the Junior Department of the RSAMD. In Atlanta, Ms. Clements is lecturer in viola at Georgia State University.