Clare Strong (née Johnston) is an Australian 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, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, PLEXUS, Claire Edwardes (percussion), Sarah Curro (violin), Stefanie Farrands (viola), Virginia Taylor (flute), Alice Giles (harp) and Louise Johnson (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 for the duration of the Masters program.


Clare completed a Bachelor of Music from the University of Melbourne in 2013, where she was awarded the Esther Rofe Award for Composition. Clare completed her AMusA with Dr Mark McGee in 2012 and greatly benefitted from studying piano pedagogy with him for four years.

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.

Three sample works:

Ruby – String Quartet Audio

Ruby Score Score Sample

Behind Blue Eyes – Vibraphone Audio

Behind Blue Eyes Score Sample

Frost Crystals – Piano and Viola Audio

Frost Crystals Sample