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CLARA LAFUENTE - Oboe/ Cor Anglais

Born in Spain, Clara is a recent Masters graduated of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS). She studied under the tutelage of James Horan, Stephane Rancourt and Stephen West.

Clara has been involved in many exciting projects whilst studying at the RCS, including 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 she 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.

 In March of 2017, Clara won on Cor anglais the only RCS woodwind competition, the Governors Recital Prize for Woodwinds.

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 and the Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Winds K297b.

She was accepted onto the BBC SSO, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Apprenticeship Schemes, the last one culminated with three highly acclaimed performances of Mozart's Gran Partita for Winds and a BBC Radio 3 broadcast .Since then she has worked as a freelance with all of the three orchestras and also Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet.

Clara is an active chamber musician apart from Sirocco Winds, she is the oboist of Sound Collective Scotland and the Turquoise Duo with the Cuban pianist Daniel Hart. The duo won a place as part of the Live Music Now Scotland scheme and they have performed at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh and the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow.

Apart from her performance activity, Clara is an enthusiastic teacher. She works at Renfrewshire Council, St Aloysius, Stewart’s Melville College in Edinburgh and the Royal Conservatoire. Clara is also a cover musician of Sistema Scotland and a deputy oboe teacher at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Department.

Clara was a grateful recipient of an RCS scholarship and The Biddy Baxter and John Hosier Music Trust Special Award, which have enabled her to finish her studies.