Grace Clifford is widely recognised as one of Australia’s finest young violinists and she is privileged to perform with many of its leading orchestras.
Grace was appointed as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s first ever Emerging Artist in Association from 2018 to 2020, performing with them each consecutive season.
Grace has enjoyed the opportunity of performing concertos with the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Tasmania Symphony, West Australian Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, and last year made her debut with the Malaysian Philharmonic at the invitation of conductor Mark Wigglesworth. 2021 season highlights include returns to the Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and West Australian Symphony Orchestras and she looks forward to making her debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Equally committed to chamber music, Grace tours yearly in Australia as a guest with Selby and Friends, and has made her debuts with the Australian Festival of Chamber Music under artistic director Kathryn Stott, and with Recitals Australia. Grace will make her debut with Musica Viva next season.
Grace has toured with Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute alongside Miriam Fried, performing in Boston, Chicago and New York. She 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. Last season Grace gave a recital with pianist Joseph Liccardo for the Union College Concert Series in Schenectady NY, as part of Curtis on Tour. Grace was accepted to Kronberg’s Chamber Music Connects the World program in 2020.
Grace is currently a graduate student at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, studying with Miriam Fried on a Presidential Scholarship. Grace holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Pamela Frank, Ida Kavafian, and the late Joseph Silverstein. She graduated with the Joan Hutton Landis Award for Academic Excellence. Grace previously studied in the undergraduate program of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Dr Robin Wilson, who continues to be a mentor. In 2014, at the age of 16, she was awarded the Australian Young Performer of the Year Award following her performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony. She also received the awards for best Recital, 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.