Fabiana Claure, musician | entrepreneur
Bio
Fabiana Claure is a multifaceted concert pianist, educator, administrator, speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. Her diverse musical career and successful business experience, as well as her international background—having lived in the US, Bolivia, and Cuba—have allowed her to gain an empowering and global perspective towards music and entrepreneurship education. Fabiana is the Founder and Director of the Music Business and Entrepreneurship program at the University of North Texas. She is spearheading a major initiative designed to equip young musicians with key music business and entrepreneurship skills to support 21st century artistic careers. In this role, Fabiana has designed a new curriculum and founded several experiential learning programs including the Music Entrepreneurship Competition, the Innovative Music Programming Competition,  a student artist entrepreneur organization, and an internship program.  As a result of these initiatives, her UNT students have gone on to gain employment, raise start-up funds and create successful music businesses while in school. Under Fabiana's leadership, the UNT College of Music earned national recognition being ranked among the Top 15 Music Business Schools in 2017 and 2018 by Billboard magazine. Her article "Learning Music Entrepreneurship by Doing: How to Create Experiential Learning Opportunities in an Academic Setting" was published by the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association. As a musician, administrator, and entrepreneur, Fabiana has been featured in numerous media outlets including television, radio, podcast, newspapers, blogs, and magazines.

Fabiana is also the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Superior Academy of Music (SAM) in Miami, FL. Her academy has been featured twice on national television (PBS). SAM’s students have won full-tuition university scholarships, local and state certificates of excellence, and have been selected to perform at Carnegie Hall. Prior work includes being the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Regional Associate for the state of Florida, where she created an extensive network of teachers and executed national strategies, acting as the key spokesperson and representative for the Royal Conservatory.

As a music entrepreneurship thought leader, Fabiana has been featured as a speaker at the Music Entertainment Industries Educators Association Summit in Chicago and Los Angeles, the Network for Music Career Development Officers in Los Angeles, the Music Biz conference organized by the Music Business Association in Nashville, and was recently selected to present at the upcoming 2019 NAMM conference GenNext program in Anaheim, CA. She has also been a guest speaker at the University of Dallas, the University of Colorado-Denver, and the Mississippi University for Women. As a panelist, she has been featured at Stoke Denton, the Greater Denton Arts Council, and the CollabFest at UNT.

Fabiana won Second Prize, Best Written Plan, and Best Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards at the University of Miami's Business Plan Competition.  She also received a P.E.O. Scholarship, being selected among eight hundred candidates from the US and Canada. As a recipient of the College Music Society’s Yamaha In-Residence Fellowship, she organized and performed in a series of lecture-recitals and co-wrote an article published in the CMS’s Newsletter. She also received the College Music Socitety's NAMM Fellowship, being selected as one of fourteen music faculty members nationwide chosen to participate in the CMS-NAMM Summer Fellows Program for Music Faculty in Nashville, TN. She was awarded the UNT Career Connect Experiential Learning Grant, designed to develop existing undergraduate coursework to encourage “learning by doing” in which the individual’s active learning process is at the center of course planning while cultivating marketable skills. 

Fabiana is an advisory board member for the UNT Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship. She is also a member of the College Music Society, the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA), the Music Business Association, the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education (SAEE), the Network for Music Career Development Officers (NETMCDO),  and the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs).

As a pianist, Fabiana has pursued her career nationally and internationally, performing extensively in the US, Bolivia, Cuba, and Spain. She has appeared in music festivals such as the Piccolo Spoleto International Music Festival (Charleston, South Carolina), the Iberoamerican Music Festival (Havana, Cuba), the Leonel Morales International Music Festival (Granada, Spain), and the COFES International Music Festival (Cochabamba, Bolivia). Her CD, "Fabiana Claure, Debut Album" features a wide-ranging selection of piano repertoire from Bach to Cuban music.  As a soloist, she has performed with the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Frost Symphony Orchestra, the College of Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfonica Iuventas, and the Valencia Youth Orchestra in Spain. As a duo-pianist, she has been featured along with her husband, pianist, William Villaverde, with the International Piano Series Chamber Orchestra (Charleston, SC). She and her husband also recorded a duo-piano sonata by Celius Dougherty released in the album “Serenader.” They travel regularly throughout the country presenting their duo-piano program entitled "A Piano Journey Through Latin America.

Fabiana obtained First Prize at the University of Miami Concerto Competition. She won Second Prize in the Southeastern Piano Competition and was a winner in the Arthur Fraser Young Artists Piano Competition. The College of Charleston awarded her with the Edwin Davis Peacock Awards for the excellence of her piano performances. In Bolivia, she won First Prize in the "Mus-Art" Young Pianists National Competition and First Prize in the "Franklin Anaya" Piano Competition.

Fabiana holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance degree with cognates in Music Business and Entertainment Industries from the University of Miami. Her research in the field of music entrepreneurship led her to author her doctoral dissertation entitled "The Entrepreneurial Concert Pianist: A Study of The Diverse Trends Used to Complement a Performing Career." Fabiana is also an internationally certified examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music and travels throughout the US and Canada assessing students' musicianship. In addition to her DMA from the University of Miami, Fabiana received a Master’s and Artist Certificate in Piano Performance from Southern Methodist University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the College of Charleston, and a Pianist, Professor and Chamber Music Instructor Diploma from the National School of Arts in Havana, Cuba. Fabiana's main teachers include Ana Maria Del Carpio, Miriam Cruz, Andres Alen, Enrique Graf, Joaquin Achucarro, and JB Floyd. She is fluent in Spanish and English.