Rhona Clarke was born in Dublin. She studied music at University College, Dublin, and completed a PhD at Queen’s University, Belfast. Her output includes choral, chamber, orchestral and electronic works. She has received commissions from RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, The Sydney Philharmonia Chorus, Chamber Choir Ireland, the Choir of the Chapels Royal, 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 RTÉ NSO 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 four works for piano trio, which have been performed by Concorde, the Fidelio Trio and the Vienna Mozart Trio and three string quartets performed by ConTempo, Quatuor Voce and Bird on a Wire quartets.
A portrait CD of her chamber music, A Different Game, was released in March 2017 and 2021 will see the release of a new CD of Clarke’s choral music performed by the State Choir Latvija.
Rhona Clarke is a member of Aosdána, Ireland’s affiliation of creative artists.