Biography

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Tara Clifford
Nationality: Irish
Birth place: London, UK
Started playing: Age 5
Piano teachers:Gordon Fergus-Thompson, John Gough, Lidia Amorelli

Concert Biography

Tara has performed in London and Ireland, including venues such as The Purcell Room, St John’s Smith Square, The National Portrait Gallery (London), The National Gallery (Dublin), Burgh House and Lauderdale House, and has taken part and won prizes in music festivals across England. In July 2010, Tara graduated from the Royal College of Music (RCM) with a Masters in Advanced performance, where she was a student of Gordon Fergus-Thompson. Prior to this she studied with John Gough for four years and Lidia Amorelli for twelve years. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Manchester, where she was a beneficiary of the McMyn Performance Scholarship and Procter-Gregg prize winner, graduating in 2007 with a First-Class Honours Degree in Music. At university she performed as a soloist and chamber musician, played in the New Music Ensemble and the University Symphony Orchestra and performed Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, conducted by Mark Heron. At the RCM she continued to pursue a solo career, spanning repertoire from baroque to contemporary, with a particular focus on 20th-century French piano music. She performed in high-profile concerts, such as the 2010 Poles Apart day at RCM, broadcast live worldwide, and worked collaboratively with prominent composers leading to world premiere performances of both solo and ensemble works. In addition to her solo pursuits, Tara plays and performs with various chamber ensembles, works collaboratively with visual artists and enjoys teaching piano and working on educational outreach programmes.