Born in Santiago de Chile, Claudio Estay studied percussion first at the conservatory of his hometown, then at the University of Music and Theatre Munich.
One of his teachers there was Peter Sadlo, who died in 2016. Estay has played in numerous orchestras in Chile, Venezuela and Germany. Since 2013 he has been first percussionist in the Bavarian State Orchestra. He is a lecturer at the Munich University of Music and Theatre and a teacher at the Covent Garden Soloists Academy.