Clare Strong (MMus, BMus, LMusA, AMusA, STCA Primary) is a piano and theory teacher and composer based in Melbourne. Clare specialises in piano lessons in the Suzuki method which promotes the idea that every child has the ability to achieve unlimited musical potential. Clare completed her AMusA and LMusA with Dr Mark McGee and greatly benefitted from studying piano pedagogy with him.
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 holds a Masters from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Melbourne. She was 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. 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 and the Atlantic Music Festival in the USA.
Three sample works: