Paul Clift

DMA Student in Composition

Paul Clift entered Columbia's DMA program in Composition in 2009.

Paul Clift was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1978. He currently lives in New York, where he is enrolled in the doctoral programme in composition at Columbia University, receiving tuition from Fabien Lévy, Tristan Murail & Fred Lerdahl. He obtained a Master of Music at King's College, London, under the tutelage of George Benjamin. While in Paris he studied with Jean-Luc Hervé, Allain Gaussin & Philippe Leroux, and in 2007-09, participated in the New Music Technology & Composition Cursus programme at IRCAM, under the direction of Yan Maresz, Emmanuel Jourdan, Jean Lochard, Mikhail Malt, Alexei Baskind & Eric Daubresse. This culminated in the premier of a new work for 6 musicians and dance, With my limbs in the dark, created in collaboration with French choreographer Alban Richard and performed by Ensemble l'Instant Donné & Laurie Giordano during the Agora Festival in 2009. Paul has also participated in composition festivals & masterclasses such as Royaumont Voix Nouvelles, Centre Acanthes, Domaine Forget & IMPULS, allowing him further study with eminent composers Brian Ferneyhough, Beat Furrer, Michaël Levinas & Gerard Pesson among others. 

His works have been performed in many countries throughout the world by renowned ensembles such as Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (Quebec), Ensemble Cairn, L'Itinéraire & l'Instant Donné (France), Ensemble Contrechamps (Switzerland), Lontano Ensemble (U.K) & Klangforum Wien (Austria). In 2006 Paul received a bursary from the Australian Council for the Arts. Current projects include the creation of new works for the I.C.E Ensemble and for pianist Ashley Hribar. 

Paul also maintains his own web-site: