As a participant in master classes at Dartington Summer School, Hilda Paredes studied with Peter Maxwell Davies and Richard Rodney Bennett; after graduating at the Guildhall School of Music, she obtained her Master of Arts at City University in London and completed her PhD at Manchester University.

After taking part at the Garden Venture Opera Project in Dartington, she completed her first chamber opera The Seventh Seed, released by Mode Records; since then she she has been commissioned by soloists, ensembles and orchestras around the world, including Lontano, the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Neue Vocalsolisten, Ensemble Sospeso and the Arditti Quartet. Her music has been featured at festivals including the Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music, Eclat (Germany), Wien Modern in Austria, Warsaw Autumn and Ultima in Oslo.

Firmly established as one of the leading Mexican composers of her generation, Hilda Paredes' music is performed widely around the world; now living in London, she has continued to be involved in the musical life of her native country, teaching at the University in Mexico City and acting as a radio producer there. She has also taught composition and lectured at Manchester University, the University of San Diego California and at the Centre Acanthes in France; she was recently appointed the 2007 Darius Milhuad Visiting Professor at Mills College in the United States.

Her collaboration with choreographers led her to receive the Music for Dance Award from the Arts Council of Great Britain in 1988; she has also been awarded the Rockefeller Fund for Culture Mexico/USA and more recently the J.S. Guggenheim Fellowship in the USA.