Clare Brassil gained a Bachelor of Music with first class honours cello performance at the University of Melbourne with Nelson Cooke in 1995. She was also a scholarship holder at the Australian National Academy of Music, and a recipient of the E.V.Llwellyn String Scholarship, the Sir Ian Potter Foundation Scholarship and the BHP Scholarship for Excellence in Music performance. She continued her training in 1997 at the Zagreb Academy of Music with Walter Despalj. On returning to Australia, she performed in masterclasses with Ralph Kirshbaum, Madame Tortelier, and David Strange and had lessons with Rod McGrath, Michael Goldschlagger, Georg Pedersen and Nathan Waks. She embarked on a busy freelance career crossing classical, jazz and contemporary genres including regular gigs with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, as well as with the Melbourne, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras. She has broadcast on ABC Classic FM as a soloist and ensemble performer and has recorded with Eskimo Joe, The Whitlams, Jimmy Barnes, Diesel, Jay and the Doctor, Lior, and Kasey Chambers. She has performed live with Missy Higgins, Barbra Streisand, Olivia Newtown John, Katie Noonan, David Campbell, Iota, and Kanye West.