Born in Rome in 1983, Clara Iannotta has studied at the Conservatories of Milan and Paris, at IRCAM, and at Harvard University with Alessandro Solbiati, Frédéric Durieux, and Chaya Czernowin.
Recent commissions include works written for Arditti, Trio Catch, Quatuor Diotima, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble 2e2m, JACK, Klangforum Wien, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Münchener Kammerorchester, Nikel, WDR, ORF, and SWR Orchestra, among others.
Iannotta has been a resident fellow of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD in 2013, Villa Médicis (Académie de France à Rome) in 2018–19, and the recipient of several prizes including the Ernst von Siemens Composers’ Prize and Hindemith-Preis 2018, Una Vita nella Musica — Giovani 2019 and Premio Abbiati 2021, as well as Bestenliste 2/2016 der deutschen Schallplattenkritik for her first portrait CD A Failed Entertainment.
Since 2014, Iannotta has been the artistic director of the Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, since 2022 also the co-artistic director of the Festival Klangspuren Schwaz.
Her music is published by Edition Peters. She lives and works in Berlin.