Tory Clarke

Tory is an award winning violinist, teacher and chamber musician. As a soloist she has been awarded the BBC Fame Academy prize for Young Musicians, the Liz Lawrence Award, twice won the Blanche L. Scholarship and most recently the Alison Christine Silversides Award. Tory read music at the University of Leeds before furthering her violin studies at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, Germany, and the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. She has led numerous orchestras and showcased and premiered several new works, particularly working alongside composers and film producers as part of the Leeds International Film Festival. Tory has performed at many notable venues and has undertaken several European tours. She is a founding member of the Cassia String Quartet with whom she enjoys a busy concert and rehearsal schedule.

Tory is an active and sought after teacher. For several years she delivered the pioneering El Sistema educational method as part of Opera North’s In Harmony programme, with whom she received Classic FM’s Best Classical Music Education Initiative Award. As well as tutoring local talented string players at the Royal Northern College of Music’s Young Strings programme, Tory is a founding member of the Manchester Violin School where she teaches violin and chamber music. Tory is a member of the European String Teaching Association and is currently studying for a Post Graduate Certificate in String Pedagogy in conjunction with ESTA and the University of Chichester.

Tory plays on a violin made by Tetsuo Matsuda which has been made possible by the generous support of Mr. Philip Livesey.