Born and raised in the Vancouver area, Clayton began violin lessons at the age of three at the Langley Community Music School. He continued his studies at the University of Victoria and finally at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Robert Vernon. 

Clayton was Principal Violist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Ashland Symphony and the National Repertory Orchestra. He has also performed with the Victoria, Vancouver Island, New World Symphony and National Arts Centre Orchestras. As an avid chamber musician, he has performed in the Music at Memorial and the Atlantic String Quartet Recital series, and at the National Arts Centre and Toronto Summer Music Festival. He has also been in residence at the Perlman Music Program, and the Orford and Banff Arts Centres.

After joining the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in 2013, Clayton has immersed himself in the local arts scene; making appearances at the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, Edmonton Recital Society, Early Music Alberta, concertized with Kent Sangster’s Obsessions Octet and co-founded the Canadian string ensemble, Trio de Moda which was formed in Alberta in 2016. He made his Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Alberta Baroque Ensemble solo debut in February and March of 2016 respectively. In addition to performing he is also on faculty at the Grant MacEwan Conservatory of Music.

Aside from playing violin and viola, Clayton is fond of playing the piano and ukulele, and in his free time he may be spotted around Edmonton sipping on lattes, dabbling in the culinary arts and lifting heavy weights in the gym.