Violinist's performance "mind blowing"

KENDALL School of Arts seated a full house of patrons and resonated with the music of Bach, Schubert, Ysaye, Greenbaum and Ravel on March 23.

Internationally acclaimed violinist, Grace Clifford stood on the small stage to deliver a performance that was described as "mindblowing" and celebrated by more than 120 people in the small hall. The 15-year-old violinist was accompanied on piano by Dr Jeanell Carrigan who is a member of the ensemble staff at the Sydney Conservator ium of Music and has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist in Germany, Italy, Austria and Switzerland.

Grace returned to Kendall to present a recital program of virtuoso music for solo violin with piano. The 15-year-old took out the 2013 Kendall National Violin Competition and has been touring performing in regional areas.

The recital program included Partita No 2 in D Minor by Bach and was described as "mindblowing" by Kendall National Violin Competition publicity officer, Greg French.

"It is a four movement piece that is about 45 minutes and Grace played it by memory. It is such an intense piece of music and her performance was mindblowing," Greg said.

"She is an extraordinary violinist and is rocketing into an international career at a very young age."

Her international career has been a decade in the making with Grace beginning to play the violin at the age of four and a half years with Katie Betts. She completed her final Suzuki level at 10 years of age with Yasuki Nakamura and since then, her list of achievements has been evolving to include national and international awards and opportunities.

This year Grace will move to the United States to be a student at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

"It is a remarkable achievement as more than 2000 people applied for six places and this young girl was one of the six selected," explained Greg.

The recital also included the presentation of $2500 to the Kendall National Violin Competition by the Watermark Literary Society.

Lyndal Coote presented a cheque to competition president Douglas Head and the money will be used to commission a new work from a young Australian composer which will form part of the repertoire for the 2015 Kendall National Violin Competition.

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