Violinist Ariel Clayton Karas performs for more and manages 200+ events annually as founder of Cleveland-based ensemble OPUS 216, and as director of Classical Revolution Cleveland. Via OPUS 216, she collaborates with numerous Cleveland institutions to create unique, dynamic, and meaningful performances.
As a soloist, she performs regularly in healthcare and is one of Cleveland Clinic’s veteran Musicians in Residence. Her interests span multiple genres, from classical, to Irish fiddle, to the reimagining of pop and jazz.
She has been featured on broadcasts for Cleveland’s WCLV and NPR stations, and her music was featured in the 2016 documentary Violins of Hope, narrated by Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody. As an orchestral musician, she recently served as concertmaster alongside the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, and as concertmaster for the orchestra accompanying Michael Buble’s 2019 arena show in Detroit.
Ms. Clayton Karas enjoys a multi-faceted career as a performer, educator, collaborator, and contractor, and recently completed her 2018 tenure as Gordon Square Arts District’s first Musician In Residence.