Claire Genewein was born in Munich and studied flute at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, from which she graduated with distinction. She went on to do her concert diploma with Philippe Racine at the College of Music and Drama in Zurich in 1998. Genewein subsequently completed her Diploma in Early Music at the Schola Cantorum, majoring in transverse flute, and following this earned her Master of Music at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with Barthold Kuijken.
At the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, she wrote her PhD on the subject of “Vocal and Instrumental Playing: Textual Reflexions as a Method in the 18th Century”. Claire Genewein received a special prize from Karlheinz Stockhausen for her interpretation of his Zungenspitzentanz (tip-of-the-tongue dance) for piccolo, and gained second place in the 1998 International Piccolo Competition in Phoenix, USA. In 2000 she won joint first prize with the percussion ensemble Anthos for her interpretation of the Stockhausen piece Kathinkas Gesang (Kathinka’s song). 2004 saw her win second prize in the American National Flute Organization’s Traverso Competition.
Claire Genewein works as a flautist in various ensembles such as La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel, L’Orfeo, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Il gusto barocco, L’Arcadia, and Ensemble Miroir. She has played under the direction of Michi Gaigg, Gustav Leonhardt, Andrea Marcon, Jordi Savall, Geoffrey Lancaster, William Christie, and many others.
Since the autumn of 2006 she has taught the transverse flute and historically informed performance at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz, Austria. Since 2010 she has also taught these subjects at the Zurich University of the Arts.