Grace Clifford, Violin
Grace Clifford is quickly gaining a reputation as one of Australia’s finest young violinists. In the 2018 season Grace will return to the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra to perform Mendelssohn concerto with Mark Wigglesworth as part of her role as Emerging Artist in Association for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. She will also perform concertos with the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and give recitals in Adelaide and Canberra. In July she performs at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, 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. She will tour with Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute in 2019 alongside Miriam Fried, performing in Boston, Chicago and New York.
In May 2019 Grace will complete her Bachelor of Music at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with Joseph Silverstein, Ida Kavafian and Pamela Frank. She continues to be mentored by Dr Robin Wilson, her teacher during her studies in the pre-college program of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music from 2009-2014.
In 2016, Grace performed concertos with the Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. Grace won the Australian Young Performer of the Year Award in 2014 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. She was the winner of the 2013 Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and also received the John Hopkins Performance Fellowship and the Audience Choice Award. Grace was the winner of both the 2013 Kendall National Violin Competition and the 2013 National MBSFM Young Performer Awards.
In June 2013, Grace was one of ten students internationally chosen 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.
Dvořak | Piano Quintet Op. 81 with Selby & Friends | 2013
Li Shangqian - Entranced with Mountain Scenery
Vivaldi | Spring from The Four Seasons | Menuhin Competition | 2012
Wieniawski | Etude-Caprice Op.18 No.2 | Menuhin Competition | 2012
Saint-Saens | Havanaise | Menuhin Competition | 2012