Rhona Clarke was born in Dublin. She studied music at University College, Dublin, and completed a Ph.D. at Queen’s University, Belfast. She is a lecturer in music at St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University. Her output includes choral, chamber, orchestral and electronic works. She has received commissions from RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the Cork International Choral Festival, Concorde, Music Network and the National Concert Hall, among others. Her work has been performed and broadcast throughout Ireland and worldwide.
SHIFT for orchestra, a work commissioned by RTÉ and performed by the RTÉNSO conducted by Gavin Maloney, was selected to represent Ireland in the 2014 International Rostrum of Composers. Since 2009 she has been collaborating with visual artist Marie Hanlon, including short experimental films with music, live music with visual projections and joint exhibitions. Her chamber music includes three works for piano trio, which have been performed by Concorde, the Fidelio Trio and the Vienna Mozart Trio.