Suzanne Giraud was born in Metz on 31 July 1958. She studied the piano, viola, harmony, orchestration and conducting first at the Conservatory of Strasburg, then that of Paris where she obtained several first prizes. She studied in particular with Claude Ballif and Marius Constant. She went on to complete her training as a composer in Italy with Franco Donatoni, in Germany with Brian Ferneyhough and in France at Ircam, the GRM, UPIC, and with Tristan Murail and Hugues Dufourt. In 1984 she was awarded a bursary for residence at the Villa Medici in Rome. She subsequently won several prizes from the Sacem, the Academy of Fine Arts of the ISCM, Unesco, and in 1990 she gave a lecture at the Summer School of Darmstadt.
At present Giraud teaches at the Paris Conservatory and is director of the National School of Music and Dance at Yerres. Suzanne Giraud composes principally instrumental music, with or without electronics, for small chamber or large orchestral formations.
Her works have been played in numerous countries (France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Netherlands, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Austria, Brazil, Argentina etc.) and broadcast worldwide on 32 different radio stations. She has received commissions from leading ensembles including the Ensemble InterContemporain, the Orchestra of Brittany, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Trio à Cordes de Paris etc., and has been invited to numerous festivals.