Claire Pottinger-Schmidt was born in Québec, Canada and has been living in Austria since 1997. She graduated from the University of Toronto where she studied modern Cello and Conducting. She moved to Basle, Switzerland in 1990 to continue her studies of the viol and baroque cello at the Schola Cantorum, with Jordi Savall, Paolo Pandolfo, Christophe Coin and Jesper B. Christensen. She has enjoyed extensive travel in most of Europe with Ensembles such as "Ars Antiqua Austria", "Ensemble 415", "Il concerto Tivoli", "J.S.Bach Stiftung", concertising and making recordings.
Since 1997 she has been a teaching member at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, with Bachelor and Masters programmes for viol, baroque cello, historical tunings, ornamentation and since 2005 at the J.J.Fux Conservatory in Graz. "Lentia Consort", Viol Consort and "Capella Santa Cecilia", her cello quartet under her leadership with a repertoire from the 18th- 19th Centuries, are her latest projects. She lives in Vienna and Stainz with her luthier husband, Walter Schmidt.