2015 Heifetz Institute student Clare Bradford began studying cello in Philadelphia at 4 years old and soon moved to Pittsburgh to study with Pittsburgh Symphony cellist Mikhail Istomin. At seven, she was invited to play as a guest soloist in a master class with Mstislav Rostropovich, and that same year she appeared as a young guest artist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Moving back to Philadelphia in 2005, Clare was a student of Jeffrey Solow and Philadelphia Orchestra cellist, Yumi Kendall. She has played in master classes with Orlando Cole and Peter Stumpf, and in 2012, she appeared as a guest soloist with the Ambler Symphony and the Old York Road Symphony orchestras. In 2013, she was the first place winner of the Pittsburgh Symphony/Duquesne Young Artist National Competition, which earned her a solo opportunity with the Pittsburgh Symphony in the Spring of 2013. On fellowship, Clare attended the Aspen Music Festival in 2012/13 as a student of Richard Aaron and Darrett Adkins. Clare is in her third year at the New England Conservatory of Music, and is the current student of Paul Katz, long associated with the Heifetz Institute.
Since attending NEC, Clare was invited to play in a master class with Joel Krosnick, and during her freshman year had the rare opportunity to study under such notable cellists as Gary Hoffman, Peter Wispelway, Luis Claret, and Heifetz faculty member Ralph Kirshbaum, Clare plays on a 1767 Thomas Perry Cello on loan to her from The Colburn Collection.