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Catherine Milliken

Composer, oboist, performer and creative director, Cathy Milliken is known for her evocative instrumental and vocal works. She was a founding member of Ensemble Modern, with which she gave concerts around the world. As instrumentalist she worked extensively with artists such as György Ligeti, Heiner Goebbels, Helmut Lachenmann, Frank Zappa and Karlheinz Stockhausen, whose Solo piece Spiral she recorded on CD. Moreover, she founded HCD Productions together with Dietmar Wiesner and Hermann Kretschmar with a focus on installations and curation. Cathy Milliken’s compositional work encompasses since the 1990s pieces for music theatre, instrumental and chamber music, audio plays and installations as well as music for theatre and film. Commissioners include Staatsoper Berlin, Southbank Centre London, Ensemble Resonanz, Ensemble Modern, Neue Vocalsolisten and musica viva by Bayerischer Rundfunk. Miliken is recipient of several awards, among them the Prix Marulic, YAMA Award, Australian Art Music Award and the Prix Italia (the latter in cooperation with Dietmar Wiesner). Future projects are being planned with Ensemble Modern, Sydney Chamber Opera, Ensemble Offspring, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Speak Percussion Ensemble, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and musica viva. From 2005-2012 she lead the educational programme of Berliner Philharmoniker. 2020 her Solo-CD TWO STEP was released by Tall Poppies Records, an improvisational work in collaboration with friends. As performer, composer and leader of participatory music projects Cathy Milliken is requested internationally. From 2018-2020 she was Associate Composer of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD at Griffith University in Queensland. Cathy Milliken lives and works in Berlin.


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