Grace Clifford is quickly gaining a reputation as one of Australia’s finest young violinists. In the 2019 season Grace made her debut with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra at the invitation of English conductor Mark Wigglesworth, playing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. She performed the Dvorak Violin Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Nicholas Carter in July, her second season as their first Emerging Artist in Association. Equally committed to chamber music, Grace toured with Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute in April alongside Miriam Fried, performing in Boston, Chicago and New York. She also returned for a third Australian tour with chamber ensemble Selby and Friends in May. 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.
Grace is currently a graduate student at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, studying with Miriam Fried. In May she completed a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Pamela Frank, Joseph Silverstein and Ida Kavafian. Dr Robin Wilson, her teacher during her studies in the pre-college program of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music from 2009-2014, continues to be a mentor.
Last season Grace performed concertos with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and gave recitals in Adelaide and Canberra. She performed at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music under artistic director Kathryn Stott, the youngest invited musician in the festival’s history at 19. Grace was a fellow at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute in 2017 and 2018, with performances including the world premiere of Timo Andres’ piano trio, written in honour of the 30th anniversary of RSMI.
Grace has also performed concertos with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. In 2014 she won the Australian Young Performer of the Year Award with her performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony, and also received prizes for the best Recital, best Chamber Music round, and the Audience Choice Award.
In 2013, Grace was one of ten students internationally chosen to study with Professor Ana Chumachenco at the Kronberg Academy Masterclasses in Germany. She was awarded 4th prize in the Junior Section of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in Beijing in 2012.