Claire Huangci was born in Rochester, New York to Chinese parents who are both scientists. Claire received a grand piano as a gift for her 6th birthday. Until she was 11 years old she studied with pianist Ursula Ingolfsson-Fassbind at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. During these years she was featured on FOX news as a child prodigy with "the skills of a professional pianist", and won many local concerto competitions. At 8 years old, she won a Gold Medal at the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, being the youngest medalist in the pre-college division to perform with an orchestra at the prize winners concert of the International division.
Claire is supported with scholarships from DAAD as well as Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben for the past two years. Having completed four years of study at The Curtis Institute of Music, she has continued her music education in Germany at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover under Professor Arie Vardi from October 2007.
She won First Prize in the 2009 Europäischer Chopin Klavierwettbewerb in Darmstadt and the Orpheum Music Prize in Zurich; the First and Special Prize at the 2010 International Chopin Competition in Miami, USA, and the Second Prize at the 2011 ARD International Music Competition as its youngest participant
Claire Huangci has appeared as a soloist performing with well-known orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Sir Roger Norrington, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the China Philharmonic, the St Petersburg Symphony, the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie, the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, the Santa Fe Symphony as well as the Istanbul State Symphony. She has already performed in famous international venues such as (Carnegie Hall), the (Tonhalle), Konzerthaus Berlin, Gasteig Munich, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Salle Cortot Paris, Oji Hall in Tokyo and Symphony Hall in Osaka. Additionally, she is a warmly welcomed guest artist at festivals such as the Kissinger Sommer, Verbier Festival, Lodz Rubinstein Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Mozartfest Würzburg and the Schwetzinger Festspiele.
Highlights from the 10–11 season included concerts with the Cannes Orchestre, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt,Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Umea Sinfonieorchester, a tour of Europe with Maestro Howard Griffiths and the Animato Stiftung Orchestra, and recitals in the Lodz Rubinstein Festival, Ravinia Festival, Gstaad Sommets Musicaux, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Paris Solistes Serres Auteil Festival, Flanders Festival Ghent, Munich Gasteig Winners and Masters Series, Copenhagen Tivoli Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, and tours in Japan and USA.