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 cosmic relations of the instrument//performer dynamic. This is featured in her electro-acoustic work to create sweeping orchestral patterns out of small inflections and details to one particular instrumentalist or vocalist, all while maintaining a coherent storyline within each piece akin to the individual performers and their ‘voice’.
An architectural approach to music, Milenko sculpts melody from artefact inflections to peer beneath the surface of sonic worlds and create a specified 'environmental' space within sound. Her work seamlessly merges into collaborative settings while maintaining its integrity in sonic definitions of space. Classically trained in Sydney and Copenhagen, she works with instrumental and electronic media to express music as an environmental phenomena. Space is not static and therefore the breathing form of music becomes its natural material. In December 2017, single ‘Ex Aere’ released on Spotify, Bandcamp and iTunes. Her debut album is scheduled for release in November 2018.
Milenko has worked with dancers, choreographers, film directors and artists to create multimedia works in addition to score-based classical music. Currently, she studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen under Niels Rosing-Schow and Simon Løffler. Previously, she studied under Liza Lim, Rosalind Page and Natasha Anderson at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she is a recipient of the Ignaz Friedman Memorial Prize.
Access to Works
Milenko is represented as an associate artist with the Australian Music Centre where selected scores and music will soon be available. Currently, her work is available for direct digital purchase and download via CutCommon; an Australian platform for new music. Her produced work is available on iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp with live recordings of concert work available through Soundcloud. Please scroll down for links to these digital purchase//streaming profiles. They can be found on the icons at the bottom of all pages. For any questions regarding score, audio or film accessibility, please click [here].
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. This piece has since led to further collaborations with movement and the development of a [Chamber Ballet] series in addition to a re-working in time and space during contemporary classical concert works.
2018 The John Amis Award, Dartington International Summer School
2017 Ignaz Friedman Memorial Prize: Awarded by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Faculty of Composition
2016 Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition: 2nd Prize
Residencies & Fellowships
2018 Hatched Academy: creation of new work for Ensemble Offspring
2016 Sa Taronga Asociació Cultural: composition and performance of new solo piano works
2017 Sztuka a sprawa stanu: Essay publication in the May edition of Polish Art's Magazine [Spektrum Magazyn Artystyczny]
Album, Single & Film Clips
2018 Caeli (EP): releases in November via iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp
To the following individuals, ensembles and organisations for making it possible to study, perform, compose and produce music - thank you!
Sydney Conservatorium of Music; The University of Sydney
Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium
Dartington International Summer School
Royal Philharmonic Society
Australian Music Centre
City of Sydney
Synthetis International Summer Course
Sa Taronga Asociació Cultural
Scandinavian Guitar Duo
Music Confucius Institute Denmark
Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre
Sylvie Woods and Jacques Emery
The Judement of Paris Quartet
and of course, thank you to my wonderful family for your ongoing support and love
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.