Clarence Mak was born in Hong Kong. After graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Pennsylvania State University in USA, he returned to Hong Kong with his master degree, as a free-lance composer giving talks and workshops in arts institutes and organizations. He joined the music Faculty of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, teaching composition, electronic music and theory, studied music programming at Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, and was invited to be the visiting artist at the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music, and the teaching professor in the International Summer Course in Monthureux Le Sec in France. Mak is a founding member of the Academy Electronic Music Studio.
His compositions have been featured in concerts locally and internationally, such as Contemporary Music Festival in London, the International Computer Music Symposium in Taiwan, ISCM New Music Festivals in Romania and Hong Kong, ICMC Computer Music Festival in Beijing and Hong Kong, Electronic Music Festival in USA, Percussion Music Festival in Germany, and ACL Music Festivals.
Mak was the secretary, the treasurer, and Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Composers' Guild from 1987 to 2008 respectively and now is the council director. He has been invited to be the adjudicator for international composers’ competitions, and the chief delegate to present Hong Kong composers' works in the Asian-Pacific Music Festivals, the International Rostrums, and the ISCM Festivals.
Clarence Mak is currently Head of Composition and Electronic Music at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.