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Kirsten Milenko : Associate Artist

« Une musique de l’errance aux textures flottantes et registres clairs. » — ResMusica

Random Audio Sample: Speak : vocal ensemble by Kirsten Milenko, from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 107.


Photo of Kirsten Milenko

Photo: Anastasiya Ram

Kirsten Milenko (b.1993) is a Paris-based Australian composer and conductor. Milenko received the 2021 Roche Young Commission, awarded by Artistic Director of Lucerne Festival Wolfgang Rihm, and is a laureate of Fondation Royaumont.

Her music constructs acoustic and electronic settings of an immersive and beautifully strange nature. In 2020, her debut opera/dance-theatre work Dalloway premiered at Pulsar Festival (Denmark), shortly after she was shortlisted to create a new opera with the Mannheim National Theatre (Germany) with Bea Redweik (librettist) and Johan Klint Sandberg (director).

She studied composition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music (MMus class of 2020) with Niels Rosing-Schow, Simon Løffler, and Jeppe Just Christensen, and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (BMus class of 2018) with Liza Lim, Natasha Anderson, Ursula Caporali and Rosalind Page. She currently studies conducting (CAS) at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana with Arturo Tamayo. Prior to her tertiary education as a composer/conductor, she studied International Relations and Piano at the University of New South Wales with additional studies in French and English Literature.

She has attended academies and masterclasses with composers such as: Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Francesco Filidei, Dmitri Kourliandski, Catherine Milliken, Mark Andre, Zygmunt Krauze, Martin Bresnick - and conductors: Johannes Wildner, Jessica Cottis, Mark Shapiro.

Premieres of her work have been given by ensembles and orchestras such as: Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Ensemble MusikFabrik, Bang on a Can, Esbjerg Ensemble, Ensemblage, Scandinavian Guitar Duo, Trio Ismena, E-Mex Ensemble, Gildas Quartet, Judgement of Paris Quartet, Adelaide Wind Orchestra, Sydney Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony - with upcoming premieres by the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy, the Ulysses Ensemble and Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen scheduled for 2021. She has performed her work as a pianist at venues such as: Staatsoper Hamburg - Opera Stabile, Associació Cultural Sa Taronja, and as a conductor at Verbrugghen Hall.

Awards: Ignaz Friedman Memorial Prize (2016), John Amis Award, Dartington International Summer School (2018), Ian Donald Wilson Memorial Scholarship (2020).


Kirsten Milenko — current to May 2021

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Skin Deep : large chamber ensemble (2021) Commissioned by Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen for KLANG Festival 2021 with the support of the Danish Arts Foundation.
Tapestries (sextets: keyboard, percussion, string, woodwind) (2020) Commissioned by Pulsar Festival 2020
Digital sheet music sample Solace : piano trio (2020) Commissioned by Trio Ismena
Speak : vocal ensemble (2019) Commissioned for Pulsar Festival 2019
Digital sheet music sample d'or : for violoncello & electronics (2019) Commissioned by Earunit
Digital sheet music sample Lux Aeterna : for percussionist with electronics of Light and Sound (2019) Written for Bartłomiej Sutt for performances at Pulsar Festival (Copenhagen) and Nowa Muzyka 2019 (Poland)