Patrick Clifford

Strings Teacher

Divisions / Grade:

High School

Years at TKA:

5 Years (started in 2015)


Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance; Master of Music in Violin Performance


The Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Miami Frost School of Music


Mr. Clifford began his violin studies at age six. Many of his formative years were spent studying at the University of Michigan School of Music with Robert Culver. His summer studies include Interlochen International Music Camp, Meadowmount School, and Encore School for Strings. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and his Master of Music degree in violin performance from the University of Miami. His primary teachers include Daniel Majeske, David Cerone, David Updegraff and Glenn Basham. Patrick was principal second violin with the National Chamber Players, and has performed with the North Carolina Symphony, the Knoxville Symphony, the Florida Grand Opera Orchestra, Miami City Ballet Orchestra and the Naples Philharmonic. He has performed throughout South and Central America and continues to perform solo and chamber music recitals here in south Florida. He is currently assistant professor of violin and viola at Palm Beach Atlantic University, where his position includes being first violinist in Quartetto Stringendo, the quartet-in-residence at the university, the founder/director of the Preparatory Department, founder/director of Stringendo School For Strings and the concertmaster of the Palm Beach Atlantic Symphony. As a pedagogue, Mr. Clifford has been teaching privately for twenty-five years and teaching full time at the university level since 2000. In 2000, he founded the Stringendo School For Strings, a school of music that seeks to develop exceptional string players from ages 5 through 18. Mr. Clifford is the author of the Stringendo School For Strings Method, a method which emphasizes knowing all aspects of violin playing for the purpose of mastering the instrument. His students are frequent competition winners and many hold leadership positions in their respective orchestras. Mr. Clifford is a frequent clinician at conferences, judge for competitions, and has given master-classes and string sectionals throughout the United States, South America and China. Mr. Clifford was secretary for the Florida chapter of the American String Teachers Association from 2002 to 2004. In 2003, he initiated and instituted the American String Teachers Association Certificate Program in the state of Florida. Mr. Clifford performs on a violin previously in the collection of Mischa Mischakoff bearing the name Matteo Goffriller 1720. When not teaching or performing, Patrick enjoys sailing, fly-fishing, gardening and history. He currently resides in Lantana, Florida with his wife Belen and their two children Nathan and Joanna, all violinists. They are members of Royal Palm Presbyterian Church.