As founder and executive director of the International Cello Institute, Anna Clift collaborates with teachers and students from around the world and is passionate about teaching and educating young musicians. Ms. Clift is considered to be one of the most influential and consulted cello teachers in the Twin Cities as well as mentor to many young cellists around the country. Currently, she divides her teaching between St. Olaf College in Northfield and Augsburg University in Minneapolis. She has taught as an interim cello teacher at Marshall University in West Virginia and often serves as a juror for competitions around the United States. In 2019 she will serve as an adjudicator for the Seattle Young Artists Festival. As a member of the “Cello Consortium,” she frequently presents forums and workshops with her colleagues, Laura Sewell and Käthe Jarka, and has extensive orchestral experience having played as an extra player with the Minnesota Orchestra since 1989.
At the age of 15 she was fortunate enough to study at The Banff School of Fine Arts with legendary cellist and pedagogue Janos Starker. She then went on to study with him at Indiana University. She received her M.M. degree in Music Performance from SUNY at Stony Brook where she studied with former Beaux Arts Trio cellist, Bernard Greenhouse. Other musicians and mentors include Ray Davis, Toby Saks, Gary Hoffman, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Josef Gingold, Paul Tortelier, and Menahem Pressler.
She has taught and participated in music schools and summer programs across the United States, including the Artaria Chamber Music School, Stringwood Chamber Music Camp, Banff School of Fine Arts, Spoleto Festival, Washington Island Music Festival, Britt Music Festival, Taos International School of Music, and Madeline Island Music Camp.