Ann Cleare is from county Offaly in Ireland. In 2005, she graduated with a B.mus from University College Cork where she was awarded the Mary V. Harte Memorial Prize. In 2008, she received an M.Phil in Composition from UCC, where she studied with John Godfrey and Jesse Ronneau, and where she also worked as a tutor for two years. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Composition at Harvard University under the supervision of Chaya Czernowin and Hans Tutschku.
Her music has been performed in various venues across Europe, New Zealand and America by ensembles such as Ensemble SurPlus, 175 East, The Crash Ensemble, The Callithumpian Consort, Quatuor Diotima, and The International Contemporary Ensemble. Current and future projects include new works for clarinettist Carol McGonnell and The Argento Chamber Ensemble, ELISION, Ensemble Nikel, Collegium Novum Zürich, Richard Craig, and The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.
Honors and awards include The IMRO/Feis Ceoil Composition Competition (2007), The West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composer Awards (2008), Bank of Ireland Millennium Scholar (2009), a research grant at The EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO Freiburg des SWR, as well as various grants and bursaries from The Arts Council Ireland. Her piece, “I am not a clockmaker either”, was short listed for the 2010 Gaudeamus prize.
In 2007, she attended The International Summer Course for Composers at Akademie Schloss Solitude, where she worked with Chaya Czernowin, Steven Kazuo Takasugi, and Ole Ludwig Holm. From 2008 to 2009, she attended the Cursus for Composition and Music Technologies at IRCAM. She worked as a resident composer with The Cork International Choral Festival from 2005 to 2008.
Ann is represented by The Contemporary Music Centre Ireland, and has a selection of pieces published by Project Schott New York.