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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]

Photo of Kirsten Milenko

Photo: Linda Warlond

Kirsten Milenko (b.1993) is an Australian composer, pianist and producer based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Fascinated as to what merges character with virtuosity, Milenko's work focuses on the micro-macro relations of the instrument-performer dynamic. This is featured in her electro-acoustic work to create sweeping orchestral patterns out of small inflections particular to one musician, all while maintaining a coherent storyline within each piece akin to the individual performers style or voice.

Classically trained in Sydney and Copenhagen, Milenko writes for instrumental, vocal and electronic media to express music as environmental phenomena. In December 2017, her single 'Ex Aere' released on Bandcamp, Spotify and iTunes following its premiere performance at City Recital Hall for the 2017 Unashamedly Original Computer Music Festival with performers Sylvie Woods (soprano) and Jacques Emery (double bass). The full album 'Caeli' is scheduled for release in September 2018 and is connected to her ongoing collection of work: The Artefact Series.

Milenko has worked with musicians, dancers, choreographers and artists throughout Australia and Europe. Recent highlights include: De-Voir Hamburg Staatsoper Opera Stable (Germany) composed for choreography by Hayley Page in tandem with the Hamburg Ballet Young Choreographer's Series, O Pałac Radziejowice (Poland) for the E-Mex Ensemble, Vol Pałac Łazienkowski (Poland) for Andrzej Karałow and Pablo Sánchez-Escariche Gasch, Opia Pulsar Festival (Denmark) for the Esbjerg Ensemble, and Caeli Kablys (Lithuania) for electronic performance in 5th order ambisonics.

Currently, Milenko is studying her Master's 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: Synthetis International Summer School 2016 (Radziejowice, Poland), Women Conductors Programme with Jessica Cottis and the Royal Philharmonic Society 2017 (London), Dartington International Summer School 2018 (Totnes, England) and Hatched Academy with Ensemble Offspring 2018 (upcoming in Sydney). Milenko is a recipient of the 2017 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 September 2018

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
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