Biography

 

Kirsten Milenko (b.1993) is an Australian composer based in Copenhagen, Denmark. An architectural approach to music, Milenko sculpts melody from artefact inflections to create specific 'environmental' space within sound. In December 2017, her single ‘Ex Aere’ released on Spotify, Bandcamp and iTunes. Her debut album is scheduled for release in December 2018. Working intimately with movement, her works embody a correlation between sound and motion.

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, and has attended a number of workshops/masterclasses internationally. These include: Hatched Academy with Ensemble Offspring (Australia 2018), Dartington International Summer School (England 2018) where she is a recipient of the John Amis Award, Conductor’s Workshop with Jessica Cottis and the Royal Philharmonic Society (England 2017), Synthetis International Summer School for Composition (Poland 2016).

Milenko is represented as an associate artist with the Australian Music Centre. Her produced work is available on iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp with live recordings of concert work available through Soundcloud.

 

 
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Recent Works



Movement and Form


The cooperation of music and dance is very much to be praised. And composition is also a part of the choreography.
— [Concert Review] Gisela Sonnenburg; Ballett Journal MARCH 2017

De-Voir; performance at the Hamburg Opera Stabile in tandem with the 2017 Hamburg Ballett Junge Choreografen. Photographed by Kiran West.


Establishment of Chamber Ballet series:

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.


Awards

2018 The John Amis Award, Dartington International Summer School

2017 Ignaz Friedman Memorial Prize: Awarded by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Faculty of Composition

Residencies & Fellowships

2018 Hatched Academy: Ensemble Offspring

2016 Sa Taronga Asociació Cultural: composition and performance of new solo piano works

Publications

2017 Sztuka a sprawa stanu: Essay in the May edition of Polish Art's Magazine [Spektrum Magazyn Artystyczny]

Album, Single & Film Clips

2018 Caeli (EP): releases in December via iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp

2017 Ex Aere (single): released digitally 31st December via [iTunes], [Spotify] and [Bandcamp]

Thank you!

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

APRA AMCOS

Australian Music Centre

City of Sydney

RODE Microphones 

Linda Warlond 

E-Mex Ensemble

Synthetis International Summer Course

Sa Taronga Asociació Cultural

Hayley Page

Esbjerg Ensemble

Scandinavian Guitar Duo

Andrzej Karałow

Ensemble Offspring

John Lynch

Matt Withers

Music Confucius Institute Denmark

Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

Dziołak/Stankiewicz Duo

Sylvie Woods and Jacques Emery

James Morley

The Judement of Paris Quartet

and of course, thank you to my wonderful family for your ongoing support and love

 
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Music is liquid architecture; architecture is frozen music
— Goethe