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 and has been featured in festivals such as The Wittenertage fur Neue Kammermusik (WDR, Germany 2012), MATA Festival (New York, 2012), The Gaudeamus Week (Holland, 2010), and Horizons (Ireland, 2013) with performances by ensembles such as Ensemble SurPlus, 175 East, The Crash Ensemble, The Callithumpian Consort, Quatuor Diotima, The International Contemporary Ensemble, Collegium Novum Zürich, ELISION, The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, JACK Quartet, Divertimento Ensemble, Ensemble Apparat, and The Chiara String Quartet.
Current and future projects include new works for Clarinettist Carol McGonnell and The Argento Chamber Ensemble, Flutist Richard Craig, The Experimental Ensemble (SWR Studios, Freiburg), RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, The Curious Chamber Players, ELISION, Ensemble Nikel, Yarn/Wire, Ensemble Mosaik, and Dal Niente Ensemble.
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.
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.