Claire Antonini had already studied the guitar to a high level when she turned to the lute and early music as a pupil of Antoine Geoffroy Dechaume. She then went on to the Lyon Conservatoire (CNSMDL), where her teachers included Eugène Ferré, Gérard Geay and Robert Crawford Young. In 1992, she obtained a Master’s degree (Diplôme National d’Etudes Supérieures de Musique) and qualified as a teacher (Certificat d’Aptitude). From 1979 onwards she also studied traditional Persian music with Darius Talaï, and ten years later qualified as a teacher of this (Diplôme d’Etat).
Claire Antonini appears regularly in concert in France and abroad, at such venues as the Cité de la Musique, the Center of Arab and Mediterranean Music and the Ile-de-France Festival. She actively spreads the message of lute music, especially within the context of 17th-century French repertoire, is a continuo member of La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy, Le Concert Spirituel and A deux violes esgales ensembles, and frequently appears with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky.