Grace Clifford, Violin
Grace Clifford is quickly gaining a reputation as one of Australia’s finest young violinists. At the age of 19 years old, Grace is entering her fourth year in the Bachelor of Music program at the Curtis Institute, studying with Pamela Frank and Ida Kavafian and, immediately prior, with the late Joseph Silverstein. During the 2016–17 season Grace had the privilege of performing violin concertos with the Adelaide Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and playing piano trios with Kathryn Selby and Clancy Newman on a six-concert Australian tour with Selby & Friends. Grace was a fellow at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute for the summer of 2017.
A highlight in the 2015–2016 year was playing violin and viola in performances of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire in Philadelphia and Washington as part of Curtis on Tour, and in New York with renowned soprano Lucy Shelton.
From 2009 to 2014 Grace was in the pre-college program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying with Dr Robin Wilson, who continues to be a mentor. During this time Grace had many wonderful performance experiences in Australia, culminating in winning the 2014 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year and three performances of the Beethoven Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony. She also won Best Recital, Best Chamber Performance, and the People’s Choice Award.
In 2013, Grace was chosen by audition to study with Professor Ana Chumachenco at the Kronberg Academy Masterclasses in Germany. In 2012, Grace was awarded 4th prize in the Junior Section of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in Beijing.
Following Grace’s performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with Adelaide Symphony, Limelight Magazine maintains that:Clifford’s depth of musical maturity is way beyond her years…apart from her musical refinement, is an incredibly talented musician who portrays an inner-calm of unusual quantity.
She is also fortunate to have the ability to create refined, precise musicianship with a delightfully broad dynamic range, even on the high notes. Christopher Wainwright Dec 2016
Equally committed to chamber music, Grace is a regular guest with Selby and Friends and will return for a tour this season, and also looks forward to making her debut with the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.
Visit the links below for videos of Grace performing: