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Badass Women at Any Age

Aug 9, 2022

As a self proclaimed optimist, Giovanna Moraga Clayton has kept joy and gratitude at the forefront of her endeavors.  A freelance musician in Los Angeles, Giovanna credits her optimistic outlook as the key to her successes.   As the daughter of professional musicians,  Giovanna was destined to have a life in music.  “She's going to be a cellist!”,  an exclamation made by her father within hours of her birth set the path for her future. Born in Touca, Mexico and raised in Southern California Giovanna earned a number of accolades as a young child. Making her orchestral solo debut at the age of 14 Giovanna has continued to solo with orchestras in the United States, as well as Central America, as well as holding tenured positions with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra working in the Los Angeles studio scene for the last 18 years.  Giovanna has played on countless movie soundtracks, records and television shows.  In search of a more creatively challenging project. Giovanna became a founding member of the Latin Grammy nominated group, Quattro.  Touring with the group, now known as Quattrosound, has provided a new platform for her to expand her musical reach.  Giovanna has shared stages with many greats, including Yo-Yo Ma, Pinkas  Zukerman, Daniel Hope, Andrea Bocelli, Prince, Beyonce, Adele, Barbara Streisand, Ariana Grande  and many more. Giovanna lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children and dog.

What You Will Hear in This Episode: 

  • Giovanna’s personal story
  • The impact of teachers
  • Working as a freelance musician
  • Gaining tenure in an orchestra
  • A musical family
  • Having a  creative outlet
  • Stage presence and poise
  • Challenges faced and overcome
  • The power of optimism


“One of the best things that we can give to our children is a space for them to have an outlet and be creative. I think that that would actually solve a lot of our issues as a society.”

“Children emulate what they see. If you decide to become a parent, you have to keep that in mind. You are the example. “

“If I have a moment to really think about what's in my soul and my spirit, then I'm motivated to create something of it.”

“My big mission in life, through music or through whatever it is that I'm doing is to spread joy and bring light.”

“Just by writing a song, or playing a tune, you can change somebody's outlook or  disposition and it's incredible. It's like magic.”

“There's a time in life for everything.”

“Give people time and they'll show you their true colors.”



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