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Grace Clifford, Violin

Grace Clifford is recognised as one of Australia’s finest young violinists. She is currently in her third year of a Bachelor of Music at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia studying with Pamela Frank and Ida Kavafian and before his untimely death, Joseph Silverstein. A highlight in the 2015/2016 year was playing violin and viola in performances of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire in New York, Philadelphia and Washington as part of the touring Curtis 20/21 Ensemble.

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. During this time Grace had many wonderful performance experiences in Australia culminating in winning the 2014 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year. She also won Best Recital, Best Chamber Music Performance and the People's Choice Award.

In 2013 Grace won: The Kendall National Violin Competition, including the Bach, Sonata and Audience prizes; The Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition including the John Hopkins Performance Fellowship and Audience Choice Award; The National MBSFM and the Fine Music 102.5 (NSW) Young Performer Awards and toured Australia as the first Development Artist with Selby and Friends. She was also 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.

In the 2016 season Grace had the privilege of performing violin concertos with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Visit the links below for videos of Grace performing:

Saint-Saens | Havanaise | Menuhin Competition | 2012

Wieniawski | Etude-Caprice Op.18 No.2 | Menuhin Competition | 2012

Vivaldi | Spring from The Four Seasons | Menuhin Competition | 2012

Li Shangqian - Entranced with Mountain Scenery

Dvořák | Piano Quintet Op. 81 with Selby & Friends | 2013


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