ClAIRE COURCHENE

 

Madonna - Miley Cyrus - Lauryn Hill - Frank Ocean - Lana Del Rey - Zedd - Leona Lewis - Salaam Remi - Akon - Chad Hugo - Yuna - Rod Stewart - Chaka Khan - Brandy - David Foster - Graham Nash (CSN&Y) - Peter Asher - Michael Buble - Kelis - Mark Ronson - Harry Connick Jr - Duran Duran - Macy Gray - Josh Groban - Common - Kanye West - Diddy Dirty Money - Skylar Grey - Linda Perry - Juliette Lewis - Paul Anka - David Lynch - Alice in Chains - Burt Bacharach - Frank Sinatra Jr - George Duke - Roy Hargrove - Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) - - Kate Hudson - Slide Hampton - Oren Lavie - P Diddy -Raul Malo (The Mavericks) - The Voice - Dancing With the Stars - Glee - Chuck - American Idol - Jimmy Kimmel Show - ZZ Ward - Andy Grammer - Quadron - Rhye - Laura Mvula - Laura Welsh - Niia - Moses Sumney - Cocaine 80s - Logic - Jhene Aiko

Born and raised in England, I now in Los Angeles by way of Miami.


Began playing cello when I was 2, trombone when I was 7 and taught myself some keys and bass along the way.


I received a double performance degree from University of Miami in jazz trombone and cello.


I got to open the very first Jazz on Edge Festival with my original electronic-jazz group in 2008.


Since the age of 19, I’ve toured the world on cello, trombone, keys, and vocals with many big artists, including Kanye West, Josh Groban, Macy Gray, Rhye, Nostalghia, and Frank Ocean.


I get to perform on TV fairly often, I’ve played cello and trombone on the last three seasons of American Idol, bass and trombone on the last two seasons of Glee, and multiple appearances on a number of different TV shows including, Chuck, The Voice, various PBS specials, The Tonight Show, Dancing With the Stars, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. 


I recorded and was a featured soloist for the Twilight Breaking Dawn movie. 


I got to perform and appear on a TV special directed by David Lynch with Duran Duran, also performing with them at Coachella the same year.


I got to play trombone in the house band for the BET Awards Show in 2012


I’ve had the privilege to record on some of my favourite records from the past couple of years, including releases from Lana Del Rey, PJ Morton, Quadron, Macy Gray, Laura Mvula, Laura Welsh, and Niia.


I got to perform a solo with Miley Cyrus on MTV's Unplugged and then share the stage with Madonna in the same night!

Life Highlights

“ There are several strange combinations that compliment each other in fascinating ways: peanut butter and honey, cream cheese and Sriracha, oil and vinegar. Yet, there's one combination that warms our hearts more than others- trombone and cello. And that is Claire Courchene.”

  1. -Official Review from Indaba.com


“Claire Courchene's trombone turn on "Last Dance" was one show-stopper, taking the song's house music thump into parade jazz territory.

- Steve Klinge, for The Inquirer - Philadelphia


"I think it was when the cellist played a trombone solo that I really fell in love with Rhye." - Jeremy D. Larson, Consequence of Sound


"For the live performances the two piece of Rhye catches a backstop of four other band members. They were supported by bass, drums, a violin, a cello and in some songs by a trombone, which was played by the cello player – and whenever that happened it was clearly a little highlight of the concert."

- Claudia Fritschler, "Nothing But Hope and Passion” - Berlin

Random Press Quotes

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-Keys

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