Faculty

 

Belen Clifford – Violin

 

Belen Clifford Born in Havana, Cuba, Belen began studying the violin at age eight, attending both the Manuel Saumell and Esteban Salas Conservatories. During this time she competed nationally and won first prize, second prize, and two honorable mentions. She then entered the Institute of Fine Arts in Havana where she completed her studies.

 

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Patrick Clifford – Violin/Director

 

A native of Michigan, 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, MeadowmountSchool, and EncoreSchool for Strings.   He received his Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

 

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Renata Guitart – Violin/Viola

Renata was born in Havana, Cuba. She began her musical education in Manuel Saumell Conservatory when she was 8 years old with Ala Taran, a teacher from the Ukraine. Miss Guitart graduated High School from the Esteban Salas Conservatory in Santiago de Cuba, where she earned the Teacher and Player of Violin Certificate in 1989.  She was then awarded a full scholarship to continue her studies in the Higher Institute of Arts in Havana

 

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Claudio Jaffe – Cello

 

As a recitalist and chamber musician, Jaffé has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls around the world, including the Weill Recital Hall, Town Hall, and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City; the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires; Sala Cecilia Meireles in Rio de Janeiro; Sociedade Cultura Artistica in São Paulo; Wigmore Hall in London; Suntory Hall in Tokyo; and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. His performance was found to be “eloquent with pathos and tenderness” by theNew London Day, which further commented on Jaffé’s “superb intonation, robust sound, and overall musical command”.  Jaffé made his orchestral debut at the age of 11, performing a concerto written for him by Brazilian composer Radames Gnattali.