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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: Le Vol : duet for soprano saxophone and piano by Kirsten Milenko, from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 101.


Photo of Kirsten Milenko

Photo: Linda Warlond

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 intimately with movement, her music embodies a constant synergy between sound and motion to capture perceptions of space. In December 2017, her single 'Ex Aere' released on Spotify, Bandcamp and iTunes. Her debut album 'Caeli' is scheduled for release in April 2019.

Recent highlights include: Speak composed for DR VokalEnsemblet in tandem with Pulsar Festival (Copenhagen), Ex Aere City Recital Hall with Sylvie Woods and Jacques Emery for the Unashamedly Original Computer Music Festival (Sydney), De-Voir Staatsoper Opera Stabile with Hayley Page in tandem with the Hamburg Ballet Young Choreographer's Series (Hamburg), Vol Pałac Łazienkowski for Andrzej Karałow and Pablo Sánchez-Escariche Gasch (Warszawa), Opia for the Esbjerg Ensemble (Esbjerg), Caeli for electronic performance in 5th order ambisonics at Kablys (Vilnius).

Currently, Milenko is studying her Master's degree at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen under Niels Rosing-Schow and Simon Løffler following her Bachelor's degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she studied under Liza Lim, Rosalind Page, Natasha Anderson, and Ursula Caporali.

Recent additional studies include: Hatched Academy with Ensemble Offspring (Australia 2018), Dartington International Summer School (England 2018), Conductor's Workshop with Jessica Cottis (England 2017) where she received a bursary from the Royal Philharmonic Society, Conductor's workshop with Mark Shiell and Melbourne Youth Orchestras (Australia 2017), Synthetis International Summer School for Composition (Poland 2016).

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 March 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) Written for the Esbjerg Ensemble to be performed in tandem with the Pulsar Festival in both Esbjerg and Copenhagen - March 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) The E-Mex Ensemble.