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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).