Cathy Milliken


Works // Orchestra


  • Rock Paper Scissors

    for variable ensemble or orchestra and improvising violinist
    Commissioned by Australia Council and Jon Rose
    Premiere 2.4.2023 Werkstattkonzert, Kammerensemble Neue Musik

  • SPIN

    for orchestra
    Commissioned by the Monash Academy Orchestra, an Ed Byrne Commission
    Premiered in Melbourne on 27.8.2023


  • Catalogue of Sky

    for large orchestra
    Commissioned by Sydney Symphony Orchestra
    Premiere 28.7.2022 Sydney Opera House
    Conductor: Simone Young

  • Earth Plays V: Ediacaran Fields

    for large orchestra
    Commissioned by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra as their Associate Artist 2018-2020
    Premiere 24.6.2022 Adelaide Town Hall


  • Ediacaran - Miracle

    for large orchestra. Commissioned by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra as their Associate Artist 2018-2020. Premiere 16.10.2020 Adelaide Town Hall.

  • Piece 43 For Now

    for orchestra
    Commissioned by Donaueschinger Musiktage 2020
    SWR Symphonieorchester
    Conductor: Titus Engel


  • Stadtlied (City Song)

    for orchestra, choir, soloists, amateur musicians.
    A participatory work composed for Internationales Musikfest Hamburg and the Elbphilharmonie.
    Premiere 25.5.2019 at the Elbphilharmonie


    for chamber orchestra 2.2.2 Tympani. Percussion. 4-3-2-2-1
    Premiere 11.6.2021 Bielefelder Philharmoniker


    A Chamber Concerto for Orchestra. Commissioned by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra as their Associate Artist 2018-2020. Premiere 27.9.2019 Adelaide Town Hall.



    for soprano guitar and orchestra.
    3333 4331 strings (12 10 8 7 6) 2 perc Timpani
    Premiere 10.8.18 as part of the International Guitar Festival 2018 in Adelaide.
    Resident Composer Adelaide Symphony Orchestra 2018-2020.


  • Waving

    for orchestra and four participating mouth organ groups.
    A participatory orchestral work for youth concerts.
    Commissioned by the Elbphilharmonie and premiered on 31.1.2017.


  • Earth Plays I-IV

    Earth Plays I (Þingvellir)
    Earth Plays II (Epidauros)
    Earth Plays III (Gohyaku Rakan)
    Earth Plays IV (Radio City Hall)
    For Mezzo Soprano and Orchestra.
    3,3,3,3 / 4,3,3,1 / 4 Perc. / 14,12,10,8,6.
    Premiered by the Bavarian Radio Orchestra for Musica Viva on December 4th, 2015.
    Soloist: Fiona Campbell, conductor: Peter Rundel.

  • Innsbruck Stadtlied

    for Orchestra, choir and soloists.
    Premiere on 31.12.15 with Tyrolean Symphony Orchestra and soloists Verena Pötzl, Elias Hosseini, Wiltener boys Choir, Ravi Srinivasan. Based on Texts and Melodies by Innsbruck School children.
    Arrangement: Cathy Milliken


  • Earth Plays - Þingvellir

    An orchestral piece performed by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra on 10th April 2014 as part of a larger work to be performed by the Bavarian Radio orchestra in December 2015.


  • Pieces

    for mandolin orchestra
    Premiere: Mandolinen Konzertgesellschaft, conductor: Detlef Thewes
    Commission sponsored by the Arts Foundation of NRW


  • Novelle 1 and 11

    for chamber orchestra and speaker
    Based on texts by Charles Bukowski and Arthur Rimbaud
    Commission sponsored by the Arts Foundation of NRW for Kempen Festival and Concerto Köln



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