Founded in 2015 by pianist Efi Hackmey and cellist Carrie Bean Stute, Chiarina brings high-quality chamber music performances and innovative programming to Capitol Hill, DC, and Montgomery County, MD. Our mission is to make live performances of great masterpieces accessible to the community at large, and to connect with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
The inspiration for Chiarina's namesake comes from Robert Schumann’s Carnaval, Op. 9, for piano. The name reminds us not only of Schumann’s unique creative spirit, but of his pianist-composer wife Clara, who was one of the most consequential musical figures in 19th-century Germany. Schumann’s Carnaval is comprised of a string of miniatures, each of which he named after a real or imagined character who occupied a place in his creative mind—such as Pierrot and Arlequin (characters from the commedia dell’arte), Florestan and Eusebius (Schumann’s alter egos, encapsulating the composer’s fiery and calm sides), composers Chopin and Paganini (whom Schumann greatly admired), and his wife Clara, nicknamed “Chiarina.”