Sydney-born flutist, Laura Cliff has a passionate love of music that emerged at a young age. She commenced piano at the age of seven and but was particularly drawn to the flute when she started learning it a year later.
Laura moved to Queensland in 2017 to study at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University successfully completing her Bachelor of Music in Performance (Distinction) with distinguished teacher and mentor Virginia Taylor. Laura has had the privilege of completing an internship with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Fellowship program. She has won the NSW Flute Society Open Age Competition and the Queensland Flute Guild’s James Carson Memorial Prize.
As a regular performer with the Australian Youth Orchestra since 2018, Laura achieved the position of Principal Flute in the Orchestra’s 2020 programs. Laura has performed with Brisbane-based chamber group Ensemble Q, and was a founding member of the Boronia Wind Quintet. In 2020 she was a featured soloist playing Vivaldi’s Piccolo Concerto in C with the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra. In 2021 Laura enjoyed the unique experience of performing a series of solo sessions at the Gallery of Modern Art in Queensland as a part of the European Masterpieces exhibition. She has played in Opera Australia’s production of Aida and with Queensland Symphony Orchestra as a casual musician, and most recently, their season of The Nutcracker with Queensland Ballet.
Laura particularly loves performing in orchestral and chamber settings, telling a story through music, and challenging and inspiring her audience with the hope that it brightens their day and helps develop their love and connection with music. When she is not practicing or performing Laura enjoys exploring a wide variety of creative arts and hand crafts, and spending quality time with friends.
Laura is excited to commence at the Australian National Academy of Music in 2022 and is looking forward to pursuing a future career in the orchestral and chamber music community.
Financial assistance supported by ANAM Primo donor - Anthony and Sharon Lee Foundation
Photo credit Pia Johnson