Clara Maïda lives in
Paris and Berlin. She turned to music composition after studying
psychology at Nice and Aix-Marseille 1 Universities and music at Marseille and Nice conservatories of music, Aubagne Cefedem-Sud/Training Centre for Teaching
(1st Prize in composition and 1st Prize in piano in Anne
QUEFFELEC’s class, National Diploma for piano teaching), and Paris 8-Saint Denis University (Master in Musicology, Creation, Music and Society).
She attended the master classes
and composition courses of Helmut LACHENMANN,
Philippe MANOURY, Tristan
MURAIL, Gérard GRISEY,
Marco STROPPA in the ACANTHES Centre
and at the CNSMDP (Paris Superior Conservatory of Music).
She was the guest of the
Artists-in-Berlin programme of the DAAD
for one year (2007-08).
She was the laureate of the HORS
LES MURS programme of the French Institute (Paris, 2012) and she received various awards
such as the KOMPOSITIONSPREIS DER LANDESHAUPTSTADT STUTTGART (1st Prize, Germany, 2011), the BERLIN-RHEINSBERGER KOMPOSITIONSPREIS
2008, an Honorable Mention at
EARPLAY DONALD AIRD PRIZE (USA, 2008),
a Finalist selection at MUSICA
NOVA (Czech Republic, 2008), the AKADEMIE DER KÜNSTE grant
(Berlin, 2006), an Honorary Mention
at PRIX ARS ELECTRONICA (Austria, 2007),
the SALVATORE MARTIRANO MEMORIAL 2nd Prize
(USA, 2003) and the Pedagogical SACEM Prize
(1996), as well as commissions or residencies from the DONAUESCHINGER MUSIKTAGE, ART ZOYD, the GRM (Paris), the FRENCH MINISTRY OF CULTURE, ARDITTI QUARTET, L'ITINERAIRE, ACCROCHE NOTE and PROXIMA CENTAURI ensembles,
the French SACEM/Klang! festival (NETZWERK NEUE MUSIK, Hamburg), the DAAD and the AKADEMIE DER
KÜNSTE (Berlin), the LYON NATIONAL ORCHESTRA and the GMEM (Marseille).
Her pieces have been performed by numerous ensembles (ARDITTI QUARTET, NEUE VOCALSOLISTEN, KAMMERENSEMBLE NEUE MUSK, PERCUSSIONS DE STRASBOURG, RESONANZ, L’ITINERAIRE, ACCROCHE NOTE, 2E2M, ENSEMBLE ORCHESTRAL CONTEMPORAIN, NOUVEL ENSEMBLE MODERNE, ALTERNANCE, PROXIMA CENTAURI, OENM, MCME, UI NEW MUSIC, ARGONAUT, LYON NATIONAL ORCHESTRA, PELLEGRINI QUARTETT, Heather O’DONNELL, Thierry MIROGLIO, Martine JOSTE, Armand ANGSTER, Seth JOSEL, Michael WEILACHER, Stephen GOSLING and Jay SORCE) within various festivals in France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, China, Australia, Hong Kong, Portugal, Denmark, Brazil, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Netherlands and USA
Her music has been broadcast in Australia (ABC RADIO), South Africa (RADIO HORIZON), Mexico (NON RADIO), Germany (SWR, DEUTSCHLANDRADIO KULTUR, DEUTSCHLANDFUNK, BAYERISCHER RUNDFUNK, NORDWESTRADIO, HESSISCHER RUNDFUNK), in the United Kingdom (BBC), in Switzerland (DRS 2 and RADIO SUISSE ROMANDE), and France (RADIO FRANCE and RADIO GRENOUILLE).
She gave lectures, seminars and master classes at BRUNEL UNIVERSITY (London), HUDDERSFIELD UNIVERSITY (UK), the AKADEMIE DER KÜNSTE,
the TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT, MARIO MAZZOLI Sound Art Gallery
and INVENTIONEN festival (Berlin), PARIS 8-SAINT-DENIS and RENNES 2 UNIVERSITIES, Boulogne-Billancourt conservatory of music and RUEIL-MALMAISON SUPERIOR SCHOOL OF ARTS (Paris), SPECTRUM (New York), and Cerisy-La-Salle International Cultural Centre.
Two monographic CDs have been published
(in corpore vili, DAAD of Berlin and EDITION RZ,
2010, and Anania Iniji, GMEM of Marseille and METAMKINE Label, 2002).
Four articles, For a nanomusic, Worstsaid Ho, worstheard Ho, ...it writes id writes it writes id… and Instants-Passages respectively
came out in Klangzeitort, Positionen, Filigranes n°6 and Cahiers
bleus n°13 journals (Berlin, 2011 and 2010, Paris, 2007 and Troyes, 2000).