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Clare Strong : Associate Artist

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Clare Strong (MMus, BMus, LMusA, AMusA, STCA Primary) is a composer based in Melbourne.

Clare has composed works for some of Australia's leading performers and ensembles including: the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Goldner String Quartet, the Flinders Quartet, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, PLEXUS, Claire Edwardes (percussion), Sarah Curro (violin), Stefanie Farrands (viola), Virginia Taylor (flute) and Alice Giles (harp).

Clare has completed a Masters from the University of Sydney as part of the inaugural National Women Composers' Development Program run by the Sydney Conservatorium. She was a recipient of the the Doris Burnett Ford Scholarship from the University of Sydney and the Esther Rofe Award for Composition from the University of Melbourne. Clare completed her AMusA and LMusA with Dr Mark McGee and greatly benefitted from studying piano pedagogy with him.

In 2015 she won the David Henkels Award for Composition and had her Gypsy Trio performed at the 3MBS Performer of the Year Awards. Also in 2015 Clare was selected to participate as a composer in the Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat in New Hampshire, USA. She studied with composer Martin Bresnick and had one of her compositions performed by the Wet Ink Ensemble from New York City. Clare was also selected to participate in the Atlantic Music Festival in Maine, USA where she studied with leading American composers and had her works performed and recorded by the Contemporary Ensemble at the festival and the AMF Orchestra. Clare was chosen as one of four composers at the AYO National Music Camp 2015 where her music was conducted by James Judd and performed by leading international musicians.

Clare Strong — current to August 2022

Studied with

Matthew Hindson (2016 - 2018)


Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample The Waiting Game : for string quartet (2023) Commissioned by Flinders Quartet.
Digital sheet music sample Tribute to LvB : for string quartet (2021) Commissioned by Flinders Quartet.
Digital sheet music sample Elysium : for string quartet (2020) Commissioned by Kathryn Stott, Goldner String Quartet.
Digital sheet music sample Mirror Reflections : for flute, violin and piano (2018) The first movement was written for members of the Wet Ink Ensemble in New York City. The second movement was written for and commissioned by Plexus in Melbourne.
Digital sheet music sample A Shared Secret : for symphony orchestra (2017) Written for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as part of the National Women Composers Development Program