Clara Andrada de la Calle, Principal
Clara Andrada de la Calle has been performing with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe since 2005 and has been invited to become the COE's Principal Flute in 2011. Clara is one of the leading Flute players of her generation currently also holding a Solo Flute position in the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Born in Salamanca in 1982, she commenced her musical studies with Pablo Sagredo and Magdalena Martínez at the Syrinx School of Music.
Scholarships from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and the London Wall Trust Foundation enabled her to continue her studies at Geneva's Haute Ecole de Musique under Prof. Emmanuel Pahud and Prof. J.D Castellon as well as the London Royal College of Music under the guidance of Jaime Martín.
As a Principal Flute player she has worked with many leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Asian Philharmonic, Bamberger Symphoniker under esteemed conductors including N. Harnoncourt, V. Gergiev, C. Davis, B. Haitink, V. Ashkenazy, M.W Chung, L. Maazel etc.
She is an active Chamber musician, performing regularly as a member of the „Hindemith Wind Quintet“ as well as various other ensembles including the „Auryn Quartet“, „Miró Wind Quintet“, „Plural Ensemble“, „Trio Arbós“ and the „Duo Neopercussión“.
She has appeared as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra , Orquesta Filarmónica Ciudad de México and with the Symphony Orchestra of Castilla & León with whom she recorded her first CD of Flute concertos by Spanish and South American composers.
Clara Andrada de la Calle has given masterclasses at the Royal College of Music (London), the Buchmann Mehta School of Music (Tel Aviv), at the Conservatoires in Valencia, Badajoz and Salamanca, worked as a coach for the National Youth Orchestra of Barcelona (JONC) and the National Spanish Youth Orchestra (JONDE) and held the position of Flute Professor at the "Centro Superior de Musica" at the Musikene in Basque Country.
The Principal Flute Chair is supported by the Rupert Hughes Will Trust in memory of the late Rupert Hughes.