Born in 1985, Portuguese composer Ana Seara, completed the Degree in Composition (ESML – Lisbon) with Distinction in 2007. She won 1st and 2nd Prizes in the International Composition Competition of Póvoa de Varzim in Chamber Music and Orchestral Music categories (2006, 2007, 2008). She finished, in 2010, her Master’s thesis in Composition. She was nominated for the 1st Prize for Young Composers of the Verbier Festival 2013.
She had several commissions, among them, from Chamber Orchestra of Cascais and Oeiras, Lisbon Sinfonietta Orchestra, OrchestrUtopica, Contemporary Music Group of Lisbon, Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica.
In 2012, she attended the enoa workshops cycle Composition for voices with Luca Francesconi organized by the Calouste-Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.
In 2013, she participated in the Out at SEA Chamber opera workshop with Peter Eötvos and Luca Francesconi, organized by the Peter Eötvös Foundation in Budapest.
For the season 2013-2014, she had a new work commissioned by the Gulbenkian Orchestra. She participated in the enoa workshop for voice at LOD muziektheater in Ghent and in the Opera Creation Workshop with Martin Crimp and George Benjamin at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. She was the young composer in residence, during the 2014’s season of Casa da Música in Oporto.
In 2016, she participated in Music Theatre for Young Audiences, an enoa workshop at Theaterakademie August Everding in Munich. In December 2016, she participated in an enoa opera lab at Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel to develop an immersive and participatory opera for children combining Mozart’s and Seara’s music. This enoa co-production – Il était une fois… La Flûte enchantée – is currently on tour in enoa network.
She also works as a Pedagogical Director at the Academia de Música de Lisboa and as a teacher at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa.