Clara Lafuente Garcia
Born in Spain, Clara studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) under the tutelage of James Horan, Stephane Rancourt and Stephen West. She is the winner of the 2017 RCS Governors Recital Prize for Woodwinds (with the cor anglais) and the recipient of the RCS scholarship, The Biddy Baxter and John Hosier Music Trust Special Award. Clara has performed in orchestras, both as orchestral musician and as a soloist, she is active chamber musician and educator.
Clara is the principal oboist for the emerging opera company Raucous Rossini, which tours around Scotland, England and Italy. She also played as a soloist with company’s orchestra, performing Rossini´s Variations for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra. Clara has done the apprenticeship schemes with the BBC SSO, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and has since worked as a freelance with all the three orchestras as well as the Scottish Opera and the Scottish Ballet. Whilst still studying at the RCS, Clara was also part of the Stevenson Winds Ensemble and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBC SSO) Sinfonietta project with the RCS, recording works by Stravinsky for BBC Radio Scotland.
As a soloist Clara has performed Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante with the RCS Chamber Orchestra, Strauss’s Oboe Concerto with the RCS Symphony Orchestra and James MacMillan’s concerto for cor anglais and orchestra (The World's Ransoming) as the winner of the Macmillan Concerto Competition. The concert was conducted by the composer himself at City Halls, Glasgow.
Clara is part of Live Music Now! Scotland with Turquoise Duo (with pianist Daniel Hart), the oboist in Athenaeum Winds quintet and have performed at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh and the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow. As educator Clara is teaching the oboe at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Renfrewshire Council and is also a part of Sistema Scotland RCS Juniors. In her spare time Clara enjoys reading, nature and proctasti-baking.