Miguelangel Clerc Parada was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1979. He is a composer, music performer and teacher.
His music has received the Proms Prize 2006 in Paradiso (Amsterdam) for the piece Paradiso's Pendulums composed in collaboration with Grzegorz Marciniak. He was selected for the Gaudeamus Composition Competition 2008 for his work What About Woof? for five percussionists. In 2011 he was nominated for Premios Altazor (Chilean price for arts) for his piece Eufotica for six percussionists. Clerc has composed pieces for soloists and chamber music for ensembles in Europe and South America some as the Nieuw Ensemble, Ensemble Klang, Ensemble Modelo62 (The Netherlands), CIMA (Chile), Schlagquartett Koln (Germany), among others. He also has composed music for dance and live art performances for choreographers as Pedro Goucha, Cora Bos-Kroese, Marina Mascarell, Karine Guizzo and for the performance group mmmmm (UK).
He studied classical guitar with Roberto Perez, Alejandro Peralta and Henk Westhiner, and composition with Alejandro Guarello in Universidad Catolica de Chile, where he obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition in 2000. Further studies in composition were pursued under Martijn Padding, Gilius van Bergeijk, Cornelis de Bondt and Yannis Kyriakides at the Koninklijk Conservatorium (Den Haag) where he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Composition in May 2006 and a Master's Degree in May 2008.
Additionally, he has attended seminars and master classes with Emmanuel Nunes, Salvatore Sciarrino, Giacomo Manzoni, Gabriel Valverde, Beat Furrer, Mario Lavista, Julio Estrada, Manuel Lopez Lopez, Tristan Murail, Rozalie Hirs and others.
Currently, he is pursuing a doctorate in artistic research at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent and Leiden University ("Docartes" doctoral programme in musical arts) with the supervision of Marcel Cobussen and Richard Barrett.