Tutor Oboe & Composition
Born in Brisbane (Australia). Cathy Milliken studied in Australia, majoring in performance (piano and oboe) and has a diploma in Dalcroze teaching method. A founding member of the Ensemble Modern, she has worked with musicians such as György Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pierre Boulez, Fred Frith and Frank Zappa. She also formed HCD Productions with colleagues Dietmar Wiesner and Hermann Kretzschmar.
She has composed for concert, opera, radio, film and commissioners include: South Bank Centre London, Staatsoper Berlin and Musica Viva (Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks).
International participatory compositions and projects include for Umculo Festival (South Africa), Future Labo (Japan), Berliner Philharmoniker, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Klangspuren Festival and Münchener Biennale für Musiktheater.
She is recipient of “Prix Marulic”, “Prix Italia” with Dietmar Wiesner for “Bunyah”, “Deutscher Kritikerpreis”, 2016 Australian Art Music Award for an orchestral work, finalist for the 2017 Mario Merz award and the Paul Lowin Award and the recipient of the Yama Award for best opera for young audiences 2019. She is presently Associate Composer of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra for the Seasons 2018-2020. She is a performer, improvisor and regular soloist with Ensemble Extrakte, Berlin and other ensembles and her recent collaborative CD “Two Step” was released on Tall Poppies Records. She lives in Berlin as a free lance composer, performer and creative director.