Clara Bellegarde

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Born in 1992 in Lille (France) from a harmony teacher and conductor father, and a pianist mother, Clara Bellegarde starts learning the harp at the age of 4 in her native city and improves her skills with Anne Le Roy. She joins then the harp class of Isabelle Moretti in the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique of Paris, where she brilliantly graduates in 2014. She completes her formation after then with Françoise Friedrich in a Master Programm at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst of Frankfurt-am-Main.

In 2015,she is appointed as first solo harpist of the Hamburg State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra under the musical direction of Maestro Kent Nagano, with whom she since closely collaborates on prestigious artistic projects such as the opening of the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall of Hamburg (world premiere by Jörg Widmann) or the world premiere of the Toshio Hosokawa’s Opera Stilles Meer.    

Clara is regularly called to play within famous orchestras such as the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden Orchestra or the Frankfurt State Opera, and has the opportunity to work under the leading of conductors such as Philippe Jordan, Paavo Järvi, Andrew Litton, Lawrence Foster... Her several collaborations with prestigious artists like Emily Magee, Christiane Karg, Angela Gheorghiu, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Gautier Capuçon or Hélène Grimaud bring her to perform in the biggest international concert halls such as the London Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms), the Salzburg Festspielhaus (Salzburger Festspiele), the Wiener Musikverein, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Buenos Aires Teatro Colon or the Sala Sao Paulo.

Her particular attachment to chamber music, which she enjoys under several forms, the wise advice of prestigious musicians such as Philippe Bernold, Michel Moragues and Jens McManama, as well as her brilliant skills in musical harmony make of Clara Bellegarde a complete musician.