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Kirsten Milenko : Associate Artist

“The cooperation of music and dance is very much to be praised... And composition is also a part of the choreography.” Gisela Sonnenburg: Ballett Journal [March 2017]

Random Audio Sample: à l'aube : Dawn by Kirsten Milenko, from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 101.


Photo of Kirsten Milenko

Photo: Gerald Geerink

Kirsten Milenko is an Australian composer based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Milenko works with vocal, instrumental and electronic media to express music as environmental phenomena. Working closely with movement, her music embodies a constant synergy between sound and motion to capture perceptions of space.

In March 2017, Milenko performed her music in Germany for a multidisciplinary project with composer/choreography Hayley Page in the Hamburg Ballet's Young Choreographer's Series. In July the same year, Ex Aere premiered at City Recital Hall in Sydney with soprano Sylvie Woods and double bassist Jacques Emery - which has since developed into her debut album Caeli (releasing 2019).

In August 2017, she moved to Denmark to study as a visiting student at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. She has since continued her studies with Niels Rosing-Schow and Simon Løffler and will graduate from the Master's programme in 2020.

Milenko has written for ensembles such as: DR VokalEnsembelt, Esbjerg Ensemble, E-Mex Ensemble, Scandinavian Guitar Duo, K!Art, Ensemble Offspring, Ensemblage, and the SCM Wind Symphony. She has worked with a number of solo musicians and conductors including Jean Thorel, John P. Lynch, Kalle Hakosalo, Bartłomiej Sutt, Louise Mcclelland Jacobsen, Emma Ilona Mustaniemi. Her music has been performed in Denmark, Spain, Poland, Germany, Lithuania, the UK and Australia.

Additional studies as a composer and conductor include: Dartington International Summer School 2018; and in 2019 with Sir Harrison Birtwistle (UK), Synthetis International Summer School (Poland), Hatched Academy (Australia), Women Conductor's Programme with Jessica Cottis and the Royal Philharmonic Society (UK), Melbourne Youth Orchestras Conducting School (Australia), International Masterclass for Orchestral Conductors with Prof. Johannes Wildner and the Berlin Sinfonietta (Germany), NORD+MIX Workshop (Lithuania).

Milenko is a recipient of the 2015 Ignaz Friedman Memorial Prize awarded by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and the 2018 John Amis Award, Dartington International Summer School.


Kirsten Milenko — current to July 2019

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Speak : vocal ensemble (2019) Commissioned by DR VokalEnsemblet for Pulsar Festival 2019
Le Vol : duet for soprano saxophone and piano (2018) Commissioned by Andrzej Karałow and Pablo Sánchez-Escariche Gasch
Opia : chamber ensemble (2018) Esbjerg Ensemble for Pulsar Festival 2018
De-Voir (solo piano) (2017) Composed for choreography by Hayley Page for the 2017 Hamburg Ballet Young Choreographer's Series in Germany
à l'aube : Dawn (2016) 2016 Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition
„O“ (trios: bass flute, bass clarinet, prepared piano) (2016) E-Mex Ensemble