Kirsten Milenko

Kirsten Milenko (Australia, b. 1993) is an Australian composer and conductor. Her music creates acoustic and electronic settings of an immersive and beautifully strange nature. She is represented with the Australian Music Centre as an Associate Artist, and a member of the Danish Composer’s Society. Her work has received premieres by ensembles and orchestras such as: Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra, Ensemble MusikFabrik, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Esbjerg Ensemble. In 2019, Milenko was awarded the Roche Young Commission. In 2020, her debut opera/dance-theatre work Dalloway premiered at Pulsar Festival. She was a participant of the 2020-21 Words and Music Workshop with the Opéra Orchestre National de Montpellier, led by Ted Huffman and Sivan Eldar.

Milenko studied composition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she received the 2016 Ignaz Friedman Memorial Prize for excellence in composition. She studied contemporary repertoire conducting at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana and completed the Sorrell Conductors Programme at the Royal Academy of Music with Sian Edwards in 2022.