Fabiana Claure

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Director of Music Business and Entrepreneurship

Assistant Professor

Keyboard Studies


Keyboard Studies, Music Business and Entrepreneurship

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Fabiana Claure helps musicians create empowering careers. As a multifaceted concert pianist, educator, entrepreneur, business coach for musicians, and administrator, she has a diverse musical career and successful business experience. Her international background—having lived in the United States, Bolivia, and Cuba—has allowed her to gain an empowering and global perspective towards music and entrepreneurship education.

As a business coach, through her signature blueprint, The Musician's Profit Umbrella, Fabiana helps musicians unify their strengths and increase their income so that they can live a financially empowered and artistically fulfilled life.

Fabiana is the founder and director of the Music Business and Entrepreneurship program at the University of North Texas, where she is spearheading a major initiative designed to equip young musicians with the 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 students have gone on to raise start-up funds, create successful music businesses, win university teaching positions, and gain employment in arts organizations, while in school. Under Fabiana's leadership, the UNT College of Music earned national recognition being ranked among the Top 15 Music Business Schools for four years in a row (2017-2020) by Billboard magazine.

Fabiana’s interest in music entrepreneurship, interdisciplinary collaborations, and women’s studies, led her to create a multimedia lecture-recital entitled "Entrepreneurial Women Concert Pianists," which was awarded a UNT IAA Fellowship and was selected to be featured at the 2019 National Conference of the College Music Society.  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. 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, Network for Music Career Development Officers, Music Biz conference organized by the Music Business Association, NAMM conference GenNext program, and College Music Society National Conference. She has also been a guest speaker at the University of Dallas, University of Colorado-Denver, and Mississippi University for Women. As a panelist, she has been featured at Stoke Denton, the Greater Denton Arts Council, and 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 United States 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 CMS’s Newsletter. She also received the College Music Society's NAMM Fellowship, being selected as one of fourteen music faculty members nationwide 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, Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA), Music Business Association, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education (SAEE), Network for Music Career Development Officers (NETMCDO), and Recording Academy (GRAMMYs).

As a pianist, Fabiana has pursued her career nationally and internationally, performing extensively in the United States, Bolivia, Cuba, and Spain. She has appeared in such music festivals such as the Piccolo Spoleto International Music Festival (Charleston, South Carolina), Iberoamerican Music Festival (Havana, Cuba), Leonel Morales International Music Festival (Granada, Spain), and 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, Frost Symphony Orchestra, College of Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica Iuventas, and 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 on the album Serenader. They travel regularly throughout the country presenting their duo-piano program entitled "A Piano Journey Through Latin America."

Fabiana obtained the 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 United States 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, lives in Denton, TX, and is a mother of two young boys.

For more information, visit: www.fabianaclaure.com