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 Conservatoire de Musique under Prof. Emmanuel Pahud and Prof. José-Daniel Castellon as well as the London Royal College of Music under the guidance of Jaime Martín, where she obtained the Degree of Bachelor of Music with Honours (First Class) and the Postgraduate Degree in Performance with Distinction. She performs her orchestral training at the Spanish National Youth Orchestra, European Union Youth Orchestra (where she obtained the Mick Baines Prize in 2004) and the “Encuentros de Música y Academia” in Santander.
Clara Andrada 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. As a Principal Flute player she has worked with many leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Asian Philharmonic, Bamberger Symphoniker under esteemed conductors including Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Valery Gergiev, Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lorin Maazel, etc.
She has appeared as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica Ciudad de México, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and with the Symphony Orchestra of Castilla & León, with whom she recorded her first CD of Flute concertos by Spanish and South American composers.
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 Dúo Neopercusión, among others. She has played in prestigious festivals, such as Mondsee Musiktage, Fürtensaal Classix, International Kammermusik Festival Utrecht, Heimbach Spannungen, Festival de Alicante, etc.
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 Conservatory (Basque Country).