Born in a musical family, Clara quickly showed an interest for the violin and the harp.
Passionated about both instruments, she is now studying at The Royal Academy of Music in London, where she has several opportunities to perform.
Beside her musical studies, Clara is also a fashion designer, and likes going to art exhibitions or concerts.
Quickly noticed by the Soloist Marie-Annick Nicolas, she studied eight years with her.
During her progression, she had several opportunities and rewards, such as playing the mondial creation and first recording of "The Sonata for violin and piano" by Claude Duboscq, being awarded at the "Vatelot-Rampal Competition", and at the "Competition for young musicians" followed by a scholarship to carry on her musical studies.
She also had the chance to play as a soloist with the University Orchestra of Grenoble (France), and at the Festival d’Ordonnaz.
In 2010, she obtained her DEM ( Diploma of musical studies ) and moved to Paris in Bertrand Cervera’s class for two years of Perfectionnement-Concertiste.
In 2013, she moved to London and entered the prestigious Royal Academy of Music of London, to study with Lydia Mordkovitch, Richard Ireland and Remus Azoitei.
During her Bachelor, Clara has taken part to several orchestral projects and work with Semyon Bychkov, Trevor Pinnock, Edward Gardner, and The Manson Ensemble.
On the other hand, she was highly commended at the "Winifred Small Prize", and had a public masterclass with the prestigious soloist Maxim Vengerov.
Meanwhile, Clara has been involved in orchestra activities.
She is now a permanent member of The Arch Sinfonia (directed by Chloé Van Soeterstède), and plays regularly with The Little Orchestra (directed by Nicholas Little).
Now, her aim is to develop her musical skills and prepare some other competitions, in order to get more opportunities to play.
Subsequently, starting to teach and perform more in one of her future objectives.
Frederick DELIUS - Sonata 3 (1930)
1st movement (Slow)
Clara GARDE, violin
Marie-Bénédicte COHU, piano
Recorded in december 2013
Royal Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra
Trevor Pinnock, Principal Guest Conductor
Live concert recording,Friday 13th November 2015
Johan-Sebastian Bach - Sonata BWV 1001
Adagio in G minor
Recorded in London in January 2017
Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner, Sir Charles Mackerras Chair of Conducting
Live concert recording, Friday 16th October 2015
Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music
Born in Grenoble, France, Clara comes from a musical family and took interest in music from an early age.
After she began the violin at the age of four Clara discovered the harp at a concert when she was eleven and fell in love with the sound of this instrument. She decided to carry on both instruments.
Clara started the harp with Claire Chové, and because she showed excellent skills for this instrument, entered the Conservatoire of Toulon, first with Elodie Adler, and later at the Conservatoire of Paris with Ghislaine Petit-Volta, where she had the chance to have a masterclass with Emmanuel Ceysson.
During her progression, Clara had been several times awarded at the "Vatelot- Rampal Competition", and then moved to London when she was seventeen to study the violin at the Royal Academy of Music with Lydia Mordkovitch and Remus Azoitei, and carry on studying harp as a second instrument with Catherine White.
After graduating in France in 2014, Clara won several rewards in the following years of her studies (Third Prize at the Camac Competition in London, Second Prize at The 7th International Concours de la harpe at Limoges, France ), but also had the opportunity to do Recitals across London (Proms at St Judes, Harp on Wight Festival).
Those recitals brought her a lot of things in her development, as she gained more experience in performing.
Now, Clara is still studying at the Royal Academy in both instruments, and plans to take the ABRSM Diploma in harp in July 2016.
Beside, she is also doing chamber music duos with Tuba. She really looks forwards to play at some other recitals and discover new composers.
Programme : 1st violin section in Thomas Adès « In Seven Days »
Sian Edwards conductor, Rolf Hind piano,
Samuel West presenter, Zoë Martlew presenter
Programme : W.A. Mozart, Violin concerto in A major
Programme : J.-S. Bach, Adagio in G minor, Violin Sonata BWV 1001
Programme : 1st violin section in Shostakovitch, Symphony n.5
Programme : 1st violin section in Handel, « Alcina » Opera
Programme : 1st violin section in Mendelssohn, Midsummer night’s dream overture - Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet overture - V. Williams, Serenade for Music with orchestra and choir.
Programme : 1st violin section in Mendelssohn, Violin concerto, Dvorak, violin concerto, Prokofief, violin concerto
Programme : 1st violin section in Beethoven, Egmond Ouverture - Mozart, Oboe Concerto in C Major - Beethoven Symphony n.7 in A Major
Programme : 1st violin section in Beethoven, Egmond Ouverture - Mozart, Oboe Concerto in C Major - Beethoven, Symphony n.7 in A Major
Programme: 1st violin section in Elgar: Serenade for Strings, Finzi: Romance for strings, Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Programme : 1st violin section in « Toreador » arranged version from Carmen by Bizet.
Programme : Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Camille Saint-Saens.
Programme: 1st violin section in Tchaikovsky: Fransceca di Rimini - Richard Strauss, Don Juan.
Programme: 1st violin section in Hymnen by Stockhausen.
Programme: 1st violin section in Mozart, Piano Concerton°20 - Beethoven,Symphony n.1
Programme: 2nd violin section in Beethoven, excerpts from the "The Creatures of Prometheus" - Haydn, Symphony n.52 in C minor
Programme : 1st violin section in Beethoven, Piano Concerto n.2 - Dvorak, Symphony n.4, - David Grahamm, Embiosis
Programme : Étude de Concert by Félix Godefroid ; Féerie by Marcel Tournier ; Le Minotaure by Hélène Breschand.
Programme : Smetana, Die Moldau / VltavasHaydn, cello concerto n.2 in D MajorBeethoven Symphony n.3 'Eroica'
Egmont Overture by BeethovenStravinsky « Soldier’s Tale «
Programme : Mozart, Divertimento in D Major, K.136 ; Sibelius, Impromptu for string orchestra ; Vivaldi, « Winter « from the Four Seasons ; Piazolla, « Winter « from the Four Seasons ; Barber, Adagio for strings Op.11.
Programme : J. Palomo, Nocturnos de Andalucia (for guitar and chamber orchestra) UK PremiereJ. Haydn, Symphony No 88 in G Major
Programme : Delius Sonata n.3 ; Vocalise by Rachmaninoff.
First round :Programme : « Concert Etude « by Felix Godefroid; « Alwa « by Esteban Benzecry.
Final :Programme : « Feerie « by Marcel Tournier ; « Minotaure « by Hélène Breschand.
Programme : Manfred by Tchaikovsky
Programme : Dvorak, Sympony n°8 in G major op.88
Programme: - Rachmaninoff Symphony n.2 in E minor, op.27
Programme :- W.A.Mozart - Serenade for Strings in G Major, K.525 « Eine Kleine Nachtmusik « 1st movement- Carl Nielsen - Suite for string and orchestra, op.1 - 1st movement prelude- J.S. Bach - Concerto for two violins, Strings and continuo in D minor, BWV 1043- Samuel Barber - Adagio for strings, op.11 - Dag Wiren - Serenade for string orchestra, op. 11
Programme : - Caprice by Paganini n.1 and n.24- Passacaglia by Biber.
Programme :- Ravel - Daphnis et Chloé- Prokovief - Piano Concerto n.2
Programme :- Puccini - Suor Angelica- Puccini - Gianni Schicchi
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