Kirsten Milenko (b.1993) is an Australian-Russian composer based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She creates sound sculptures for acoustic and electroacoustic media with inspiration spanning over literature, philosophy, architecture, and other performance art mediums. Her works have been featured in performances throughout Denmark, Spain, France, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Australia, and the United States.
In December 2017, her single ‘Ex Aere’ released on Spotify, Bandcamp and iTunes. The album ‘Caeli’ scheduled to release in electroacoustic performance and installation setups in Sydney, Copenhagen and Vilnius before its release in July 2018. This work is created in tandem with a collection of music entitled the Artefact Series which explores the intricate sounds particular to one performer or environment. These qualities are used to embellish the live acoustic qualities and artefacts of an instrument body to reveal sounds otherwise lost within the broader sound spectrum of our world and create a new fusion of space in doing so.
Currently, Kirsten studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen under Niels Rosing-Schow and Simon Løffler. In Sydney, she studied under Liza Lim, Rosalind Page and Natasha Anderson; during her Bachelor’s degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she is a recipient of the Ignaz Friedman Memorial Prize.
Most recently Kirsten has had a number of works performed in the 2018 Pulsar Festival which were performed at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in March 2018. Her work ‘Vol’ was premiered at the iconic historical Pałac Łazienkowski in Warsaw, Poland, February 2018. In March 2017, she performed her solo piano work ‘De-Voir’ for the Hamburg Ballet’s Junge Choreografen Series in the Hamburg Staatsoper which received positive critique. In 2016, Kirsten was artist in residence with Sa Taronja in Spain from June to July before completing the Synthetis International Summer School for Composition in Poland the same year.
Movement and Form
I have long been interested in the architecture that music is capable of being. Movement when entwined with music is a subject of great fascination, both in the process of instrumental writing and also during external collaborations with choreographers and dancers. The potential that music holds to link an audience with both the seen and unseen worlds of human perception has been a great source of inspiration since I first began composing. To present the unknown in a way that entices both curiosity and gentleness of the human spirit is an image often present throughout my work.
"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
Works under construction
A series of Symphonic Poetry is underway following the premiere of Opia, Symphony d'aere, and l'espace in 2018, 2017 ad 2016 respectively. Each work is influenced by space as determined by time or environment specific to the setting of the each piece.
Milenko's debut album Caeli is currently under construction, with vocals featuring Sylvie Louise Woods and double bass samples by Jacques Emery. The album is one in a collection of Artefact works, produced and composed interchangeably as musique concrète, allowing soprano vocals and double bass noises to sculpt the architecture of the work. The album has premiered in two stages; the first as an installation work at Charlottenborg Festsalen in Copenhagen, Denmark and the second in Vilnius, Lithuania. The single ex aere was premiered at City Recital Hall with all artists involved during the recording process for the 2017 Unashamedly Original Computer Music Festival and released the 31st December 2017. More information on this series and other ongoing collections of work can be found under Projects.