Sara Claro was born in 1986, in Porto. She started studying Ear Trainning and Piano at the age of eight, enrolling one year later at the Conservatório de Música Calouste Gulbenkian de Braga. She studied piano with Maria Augusta Clavel Leite de Castro, and was a member of the Conservatory’s Choir from 1995 to 2003. In 1998 she played as a soloist in a Haydn piano concert with the Conservatory’s Orchestra, conducted by António Baptista.
In 2000 Sara Claro started her first Composition studies with Paulo Bastos at the Conservatory, where she also studied Electroacoustic.
In 2003 she successfully applied to the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (ESML) to complete a First Degree in Composition, graduating in 2007, with mark 19 (out of 20). She studied with some of the most well recognized Portuguese composers such as Luís Tinoco, Carlos Caires, Christopher Bochmann, among others.
As a student at ESML Sara Claro co-organized various events, including the concerts “Peças Frescas” (Student Composers’ Concerts), promoting the newest Portuguese music and composers. She also co-directed the IV and V Music Festivals of the ESML, having her music performed in some of the festivals’ concerts.
In 2004 she wrote the soundtrack for the short-film “E Se Eu Fosse Lá Abaixo Rir Um Bocado”, directed by Samuel Amaral.
In 2007 she received a commission from the Young Musicians Prize, promoted by the Antena 2 – Portuguese Radio Broadcast; and was selected by the Reading Panel for Young Composers promoted by the Orquestra do Algarve. In September of that same year she was the youngest composer to have a world premiere by the OrchestrUtopica, in a concert at the Culturgest / Festival Expresso Oriente. Sara Claro’s music was also performed and recorded by the pianist Olga Prats on her latest CD, released in December of 2007.
In 2008 she was selected for the II Reading Panel for Young Composers of the Orquestra do Algarve. She was also invited by the Associação Ricercare to write a piece for mixed choir and string orchestra, premiered in July of 2008 by the Sinfonietta de Lisboa and the Coro Ricercare.
Her pieces “Variação”, “Meeting” and “Nove Pequenas Peças – Nos. 7 e 9” were part Portuguese Pavilion at the Expo Zaragoza 2008.
Nove Pequenas Peças|piano
Suite No.1|woodwind quartet
Suite No.2|brass quartet
Suite No.4|string quartet
Olhos de Amar|choir & string orchestra
Olhos de Amar|choir & piano
Soldado de Corda|orchestra
Concertante|piano & ensemble
Suite No.3|guitar quartet
Quatro em Dois|piano (4hands)