A native of Tokyo, Japan, Ms. Clift has a Bachelor’s degree from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music and a Master’s degree from Indiana University Jacob School of Music where she was an Assistant Instructor to her Professor Henryk Kowalski. Upon graduating from Indiana University she became a visiting violin instructor at University of Pacific in California.

Ms. Clift was a semi-finalist in the International Paganini Competition in Genoa Italy. Ms. Clift was Associate Concertmaster in the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. She also served as an Associate Concertmaster in the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra when former Concertmaster of Boston Symphony Joseph Silverstein invited her to join. In 1990, she joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. While a member of the ASO, she has maintained a successful teaching studio in Roswell, Georgia, with students who participate in GMEA All State Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra and Emory Youth Symphony Orchestras.