Born in Rome in 1983, Clara Iannotta is particularly interested in music as an existential, physical experience – music should be seen as well as heard. This is one of the reasons why she sometimes prefers to talk about the choreography of the sound rather than about orchestration.
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 Quatuor Diotima (DAAD), Trio Catch (Wittener Tage for neue Kammermusik), Ensemble Intercontemporain (Festival d’Automne), Ensemble 2e2m (Festival Présence, Radio France), Münchener Kammerorchester (Musica Femina München), Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart (ECLAT), Arditti Quartet (Festival d’Automne), Nikel (Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt), among others.
Iannotta has been a guest of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD in 2013, and the recipient of several prizes including the Berlin Rheinsberger Kompositionspreis, Kompositionspreis der Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart, Stipendium Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, Finalist at the Gaudeamus Prize, Bestenliste 2/2016 der deutschen Schallplattenkritik for the portrait CD A Failed Entertainment.
Since 2014, Iannotta has been the artistic director of the Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik. Her music is published by Edition Peters.

She lives and works in Berlin.