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. After emigrating to the United States she attended the University of Miami where she received her Bachelor of Music in violin performance. She is currently a member with the Miami City Ballet Orchestra, the Florida Grand Opera Orchestra, the Boca Pops, and substitutes with the Naples Philharmonic. She also is second violinist in Quartteto Stringendo, the quartet-in-residence at Palm Beach Atlantic University, and on the faculty of the PBA Preparatory Department.