Laura Cliff is a Sydney-born flautist, whose love of music emerged at a young age. She commenced piano at the age of seven, and a year later, discovered her passion for the flute.
Laura moved to Queensland in 2017 to study at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, successfully completing her Bachelor of Music in Performance (Distinction) with teacher and mentor Virginia Taylor. Laura has completed internships with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Fellowship programs. She won the NSW Flute Society Open Age Competition, the Queensland Flute Guild’s James Carson Memorial Prize, and was awarded the Nick Deutsch Prize for Most Outstanding First-Year Musician at ANAM in 2022.
Commencing as a regular performer with the Australian Youth Orchestra in 2018, Laura achieved the position of Principal Flute in the Orchestra’s 2020 programs, and toured regional Australia with their Momentum Ensemble in 2022. She has performed with Opera Australia, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Auckland Philharmonia, and is a casual musician with Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Laura has performed with Brisbane-based chamber group Ensemble Q, and is a founding member of Sydney based flute and guitar duo, Duo Concinnity. In 2020, she was a featured soloist performing 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.
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 for, 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 her family and friends.
In 2023, Laura continues to be excited by her second year at ANAM, learning from Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Flute Alison Mitchell. She looks forward to pursuing a further career in the orchestral and chamber music community.
FROM: Sydney, NSW. Lands of the Gadigal people.
Laura’s training at ANAM is fully supported by ANAM Syndicate donors the Anthony and Sharon Lee Foundation
Photo credit Pia Johnson