Grace Clifford is quickly gaining a reputation as one of Australia’s finest young violinists.
Grace holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Pamela Frank, Ida Kavafian, and the late Joseph Silverstein. She graduated with the Joan Hutton Landis Award for Academic Excellence. She is currently completing her Master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music, studying with Miriam Fried.
From 2009 – 2014 Grace was in the Rising Stars program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music studying with Dr Robin Wilson, who continues to be a mentor. Grace won the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year award in 2014, and was also awarded prizes for Best Recital, Best Chamber Performance, and the Audience Prize.
Grace now performs with Australia and New Zealand’s leading orchestras and conductors with past and future highlights including performances with the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Melbourne Chamber, West Australian Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, Canberra Symphony Orchestras. Further afield, Grace made her debut with the Malaysian Philharmonic at the invitation of Mark Wigglesworth.
Grace will also make her debuts with the Tasmania and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, and the Auckland Philharmonic this season.
Grace was appointed as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s first ever Emerging Artist in Association from 2018-2020 and has enjoyed performing a concerto each consecutive season. Grace looks forward to returning this season with the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.
Equally committed to chamber music, Grace is a regular guest with Selby and Friends, and recently made her debuts with the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and Recitals Australia.
Further afield, Grace recently toured with Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute in April alongside Miriam Fried, performing in Boston, Chicago and New York. In May 2019 she returned for a third Australian tour with chamber ensemble Selby and Friends. In October Grace gave a recital with pianist Joseph Liccardo for the Union College Concert Series in Schenectady NY, as part of Curtis on Tour.