Clif grew up in the Chicago area where he attended the American Conservatory of Music. His further classical studies were with Paul Makanowitzky and the Meadowmount School.
He has played under such highly regarded conductors as Carlo Maria Giulini, Georg Solti and Daniel Barenboim and is a tenured member of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.
Clif has performed on recordings with Art Pepper, Linda Ronstadt, John Williams and Yanni as well as on numerous movie soundtracks. His television credits include Good Morning America and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
From 1994 to 1998, Clif was Concertmaster for the Yanni World Tour, and he appears on the Tribute and Albert Hall videos. He has performed live with a wide and varied range of well-known artists including Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Sarah Brightman, Boz Skaggs, Moody Blues, Rod Stewart, Smokey Robinson, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Ella Fitzgerald.
Clif currently lives in Benicia with his wife, Paula, and their German shepherd, Bogey. He is very active in developing a chamber music series there as well as a youth string program. Clif is currently the strings and chamber music coach at Solano College.