Women as
Musician – Entrepreneurs
Virtual Lecture – Recital


An Exploration of Fanny Mendelssohn,
Clara Schumann, & Teresa Carreño’s works and career ventures

Now Available to View On-Demand

This multimedia presentation discusses the fundamental entrepreneurial skills needed to be a successful musician, using examples from three of the most influential and important women musicians of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, and Teresa Carreño. Through an entrepreneurial lens, the program explores how Fanny was able to create and run a concert series, create performance opportunities for herself, and publish her compositions, how Clara was able to pursue a 61-year career as a self-managed concert artist and composer, and how Teresa was able to successfully sustain a 54-year international concert career, manage several performing companies, and establish herself as a published composer. Special emphasis is placed on the context of each woman’s successful, long-term career as pianists and composers while still handling domestic life, raising children, and facing the gender-discrimination barriers of their time. The goal of the presentation is to highlight how these resilient women were able to overcome incredible obstacles by using entrepreneurial skills to further their careers and provide for their families. In doing so, they established new benchmarks for women in music. Audiences will experience a journey of reflection, inspiration, and will be prompted to take proactive action. They will learn how to see entrepreneurship as both a mindset and a discipline that can help them create human connection, become empowered, and pursue their own definition of success. By learning from the past, we can better understand the present and create a more successful future.


“Fabiana Claure’s superb video presentation entitled “Women as Musician Entrepreneurs” proved to be a fascinating and inspiring hour for the piano majors at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts! Dr. Claure, herself a model of the 21st century  musician-entrepreneur, offered highlights from the lives of three extraordinary female pianist-composers and demonstrated how they were able to actively display their talent and individuality to world. Dr. Claure also beautifully performed virtuosic compositions by each of these amazing women: F. Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, and T. Carreño.  A highly recommended presentation!”

Dr. Carol Leone, Chair of Piano Studies and Professor of Piano, SMU Meadows School of the Arts

Fabiana Claure plays an excerpt from Fanny Mendelssohn’s “Song for Piano” Op. 8 No. 1

Fabiana Claure plays excerpt from Teresa Carreño’s “Vals Gayo”

Insights into the program Women as Musician-Entrepreneurs

This video is from a Facebook live that I shared back in early March 2020, before the in-person concert was to take place locally in the Denton-Dallas area. Shortly after making this video, the pandemic caused me to postponed it. I’m now available to present an online adaptation of this program virtually for any individual or community interested in experiencing it. Contact me to inquire about virtual booking opportunities.