Kate Milligan is a Perth-born composer, conductor, and researcher. She is a regular guest with the Perth Symphony Orchestra (PSO), having been appointed as the inaugural Conducting Fellow in 2020/21.

Kate’s compositional work is experimental and evocative, drawing on influences from many genres. In 2022, she is a finalist in the APRA AMCOS Professional Development Awards in the Classical/Experimental category, and is the recipient of the Schenberg Music Fellowship. Her most recent work, Still Life, arose from a collaboration with experimental flautist Saskia Willinge (WA). Upcoming compositions include a work for Renaissance flute and electronics to be performed by Jonty Coy (NL), and a work for Perth-based new music ensemble Intercurrent.

Kate has also written for The ANAM Set (2021), the Summers Night Project (2020-2022), Decibel New Music Ensemble (Young and Emerging Composers Commissioning Program, 2019), Perth Orchestra Project (Composer in Residence, 2019) and the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra (Young and Emerging Artists Composition Project, 2016).

Kate is currently completing a Master of Music by research at The University of Western Australia under the supervision of Drs Sarah Collins and Cecilia Sun. This research examines neoliberal feminism in discourse around women conductors.

Kate Milligan - Composer/Conductor
Photography by Olivia Davies