A native of Philadelphia, Clare Bradford began studying cello at 4. At age 6, she moved to Pittsburgh and was invited to play as a guest soloist in a master class with Mstislav Rostropovich in Heinz Hall. Later that same year she made an appearance with the Pittsburgh Symphony for an afternoon children’s concert series and had a performance for the opening for the Pittsburgh Convention Center. She has appeared as a guest soloist with the Ambler Symphony and Old York Road Symphony orchestras in Pennsylvania, as a result of winning competitions, and in 2013 she was the first place winner of the Duquesne Young Artist National Competition which earned her another solo opportunity with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Clare has spent her summers as a fellowship student at the Aspen Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Clare received her BM in Cello Performance from New England Conservatory studying with Paul Katz and is currently pursuing her Master’s at the Juilliard School with Joel Krosnick. She has worked with many notable musicians, such as Gary Hoffman, Frans Helmerson, Pieter Wispelwey, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Lluis Claret. Clare plays on a 1787 James Perry cello on loan to her from The Colburn Collection.