Born in Grenoble, France, Clara Garde 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.
In December 2016, Clara obtained the ABRSM Diploma in harp and is now studying at the Royal College of Music of London in both instruments.
Beside, she is also doing chamber music duos with Tuba. She really looks forwards to play at some other recitals and discover new composers.