Clinton Haycraft is an American composer born in San Clemente, California on August 12th, 1978. While getting a Bachelor's degree in Literature/Writing at the University of California, San Diego, he began studying music composition under the direction of Steven Takasugi. Afterwards he continued to study composition at the California Institute of the Arts under Mark Trayle and then Robert Wannamaker, where he received a masters degree in 2007. In June 2011, he received a second masters degree in composition from the Zurich University of the Arts, where he studied with Isabel Mundry. He has recently begun a Ph.D. in music composition under the direction of David Felder at the State University of New York, Buffalo.
Awards and scholarships he has received include the Special Award for Composition from UCSD (2002), a CalArts Scholarship Award (2005-2007), and most recently a Presidential Fellowship at the State University of New York, Buffalo (2011-2014).
His works have been performed in Europe and North America by ensembles such as the California EAR Unit, the New Century Players, the Fathom String Trio, Ensemble Arc-en-Ciel, and Ensemble Vertigo.