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Grace Clifford, Violin

Grace is 18 years old and 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.

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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