Clare Lesser studied performance and musical history at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham Conservatoire, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the University of Sussex, where she researched the music of B. A. Zimmermann.
She studied voice with Linda Hirst, Annette Merriweather and Françoise Kubler, and has performed throughout Europe and the Middle East. She has recorded critically acclaimed discs of music by Henze, Wolfgang Rihm, Richard Emsley, David Lesser, Scelsi and Milko Kelemen on the Metier/Divine Art labels.
Her repertoire and research interests focus on post-WWII and contemporary composers, the semiotics and aesthetics of graphic scores, 20th century opera and the music of Stockhausen. She currently teaches voice at New York University in Abu Dhabi, UAE.