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 also worked as a tutor for two years. She holds a Ph.D. in Composition from Harvard University, where her supervisors were Chaya Czernowin and Hans Tutschku.

Her music has been performed in various venues across Europe, Australia, and America, and has been featured in festivals such as The Gaudeamus Week (Holland, 2010), The Wittenertage fur Neue Kammermusik (WDR, Germany 2012), Horizons (Ireland, 2013), International Music Institute Darmstadt (Germany, 2014), Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik (Austria, 2014), IMATRONIC Festival of Electronic Music (ZKM, Germany, 2014), MATA (New York, 2015), Taschenopernfestival (Salzburg, 2015).  She has worked with ensembles such as Ensemble SurPlus, 175 East, The Crash Ensemble, The Callithumpian Consort, Quatuor Diotima, The International Contemporary Ensemble, The Chiara String Quartet, Collegium Novum Zürich, ELISION, The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, JACK Quartet, Divertimento Ensemble, Ensemble Apparat, Ensemble Nikel, +/- ,The Curious Chamber Players, Yarn/Wire, ensemble mosaik, The Experimental Ensemble (SWR Studios, Freiburg), Ensemble Chartreuse, Talea Ensemble, österreichisches ensemble für neue musik, The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, ensemble recherche, TAK, Vertixe Sonore, Ensemble Garage, and soloists such as Carol McGonnell, Richard Craig, Heather Roche, Bill Schimmel, Benjamin Marks, Patrick Stadler, Carlos Cordeiro, Ryan Muncy, Richard Haynes, William Lang, Laura Cocks, and Lina Andonovska.

Current and future projects include new works for The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, clarinettist Carol McGonnell and The Argento Chamber Ensemble, The Fidelio Trio, ELISION, and an extended solo horn piece for Samuel Stoll.

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, various grants and bursaries from The Arts Council Ireland, a Gaudeamus Prize Nomination (2010), The Blodgett Composition Prize (Harvard, 2010), The Adelbert W. Sprague Prize (Harvard 2013), The Staubach Honoraria for Darmstadt 2014, and a MATA commission for 2015.

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. In 2015, she became an artistic collaborator with Dublin Sound Lab to develop its programming over the coming years.

Ann is represented by The Contemporary Music Centre Ireland, and her pieces are published by Project Schott New York. She is an Associate Lecturer in Composition in the Department of Music at the University of York in the UK. Ann currently lives and writes by the sea in Dublin, Ireland.