ComposersKirsten Milenko

Collaborating on The ANAM Set with ANAM musician Rachael Kwa NSW violin

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

In 2020, her debut opera/dance-theatre work Dalloway premiered at Pulsar Festival (Denmark). She was later shortlisted to create a new opera with the Mannheim National Theatre (Germany) with Bea Redweik (librettist) and Johan Klint Sandberg (director).

Milenko 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 studies conducting (CAS) at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana with Arturo Tamayo.

Prior to her tertiary education as a musician, 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.

Her upcoming premieres include works for Ensemble intercontemporain, the Ulysses Ensemble, Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen.

Photo by Anastasiya Ram

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