Clara GARDE

VIOLINIST & HARPIST

Clara is a French violinist and harpist forging a career in both instruments, who quickly gained recognition as a talented and versatile artist across the UK and France.

Growing up in France, she made her concert debut as a soloist with the Orchestre Universitaire of Grenoble at the age of 12, and has since performed extensively across France and Europe in festivals, amongst which are Festival Musique à la Ferme, Festival d’Ambronay, Proms at St Jude, Festival Harp on Wight. The French magazine Res Musica stated that ‘ her musical phrasing breathes, the projection is wide ‘. She has a ‘ woody roundness ‘ and delivers ‘ a raw energy ‘.
Clara performed for and received guidance from renowned artists including Maxim Vengerov, Olivier Charlier, Isabelle Perrin and Emmanuel Ceysson, and made a number of exciting masterclasses such as Prussia Cove ( UK ), Academy of Sinaia ( Romania ), Academy Philippe Jaroussky ( Paris ), Voksenasen ( Norway ), and the Boston Music Institute ( Berlin ).
She received awards from the Stephen Bell Charitable Trust to support her studies at the Royal College of Music of London, where she was pursuing her Master Degree. Later on, she became a Royal College of Music scholar for her Artist Diploma, which she accomplished in both instruments.
Among her recent highlights, Clara won the Young Soloist Competition 2018, and the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Orchestra Philharmonic of Rousse, in Bulgaria. Later on, she was selected for the G.Enescu International Competition 2020 ( Romania ), and ended up in the semi final of the Ysaye International Music Competition 2021. In 2019, she got invited for a recital at the Romanian Embassy based on G.Enescu’s series ( London ), where she performed works in both instruments. Clara also appeared as a soloist with the Orchestre de la Loge and the Appassionato Ensemble in Paris.
On the other side, Clara is deeply involved in orchestra activities: in 2019, she joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra Foyle Future Firsts scheme in the first violins section, where she worked and performed regularly alongside the members of the orchestra. She mentored in some primary musical activities, involving educational music workshops at the Royal Festival Hall and in primary schools in London.
Current and forthcoming events involve work, trial and performance with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra in the second violins section, and with the Bournemouth Symphonic Orchestra, as a co- principal of the second violins ( UK ). She also recently joined the LGT Young Soloists, a unique award-winning string orchestra in which she regularly performs and goes on tours across Europe.
She plays a violin made by Audinot in 1895, and a Lyon & Healy Concert harp.