Naomi Pinnock comes from Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire. She studied at King’s College London with Harrison Birtwistle, the Royal Academy of Music with Brian Elias, and with Wolfgang Rihm at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe, Germany.
Performers and commissioners include Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, ECLAT Festival Stuttgart, Heidelberger Frühling Festival, ZKM Karlsruhe, Festival Musica Strasbourg, Festival les Musiques Marseille, Spitalfields Festival London, unerhörte musik concert series in Berlin, Arditti Quartet, London Sinfonietta, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Ensemble Linea, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Beat Furrer, Omar Ebrahim, Rolf Hind and Frode Haltli. Her music has been broadcast on SWR 2 Radio, WDR 3 Radio, BBC Radio 3 and Bayern 2 Radio.
In 2010 she was the winner of the Berlin-Rheinsberger Composition Prize, in 2012 the recipient of the Collard Fellowship and in 2013 the prizewinner of the Günther-Bialas Composition Prize. In addition, the Berlin Senate Chancellery for Cultural Affairs awarded her a six–month residency at the Cité internationale des Arts in Paris 2015–16.