Clara Novakova was born in Czechoslovakia. After studying the flute in Italy and Germany, she attended the Paris Conservatory, which in 1988, awarded her a unanimous first prize. She began winning international competitions in 1982 (Palmi, Ancona, Stresa) and in 1995, she won the Pro Musicis award, which led her to give recitals in Europe, Asia, and the United States. She has recorded for radio and television in France, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Greece, and Colombia. Her CD recordings, have received various awards.
Currently principal flutist of the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, and member of the Trio Nobis (comprising a flute, viola and harp), the Kammer Ensemble de Paris and the Ensemble Entretemps, Clara also plays concertos and has an international career in the world’s leading concert halls.
A keen interest in developing new possibilities for the flute in the contemporary repertoire has led Clara to work with many composers and with IRCAM, where she helped develop Alexander Mihalic’s Pedalophone, an electronic extension for the flute or fuyara (a very large Slovakian flute). Clara has also premiered many compositions that were dedicated to her.
Giacinto Scelsi: Music For High Winds (mode 102)