Kate Milligan is a Perth-born composer, conductor, and researcher.

Her compositional work is experimental and evocative, and often includes elements of graphic and animated notation. Kate has written for The ANAM Set, the Summers Night Project, Decibel New Music Ensemble, and the Perth Orchestra Project, amongst others. In 2022, she is a finalist in the APRA AMCOS Professional Development Awards for the Classical/Experimental category. As a conductor, Kate is a regular guest with the Perth Symphony Orchestra (PSO), having been appointed as the inaugural Conducting Fellow for 2020-21.

Kate is currently completing a Master of Art at the Royal College of Art, London, in interdisciplinary practice. This study is generously supported by the Schenberg Music Fellowship and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust. She holds a MMus (musicology) and a BA(Hons) (composition) from The University of Western Australia. Her prior research on gender and aesthetics in new opera is published in TEMPO: A Quarterly Review of New Music, Cambridge University Press.


Kate Milligan, "Art, Nature, and the Language of Alluvial Gold," Resonate Magazine, August 1, 2022.
Lunchtime Concert Radio Broadcast, "Tura New Music: The Summers Night Project," ABC Classic FM, June 17, 2022.
Rosalind Appleby, "Composer looks to the past," Seesaw Magazine, May 9, 2022.
Hugh Robertson, "2022 Art Music Fund recipients announced," Limelight Magazine, April 28, 2022.
APRA AMCOS, "Art Music Fund 2022 recipients announced," April 28, 2022.
Lisa MacKinney, "Review: The Summers Night Project (Tura New Music)," Limelight Magazine, March 23, 2022.
Elise Chong, "Review: The Ad Lib Collective presents The Water Concerto," Cult Classical, March 11, 2022.
Gabriella Smart, "Cutting Edge: Slow Art," Limelight Magazine, February 21, 2022.
APRA AMCOS, "2022 Professional Development Awards finalists announced," February 10, 2022.
Kate Milligan, "Electroluminescence @ Lyric's Underground gets 9/10," X-Press Magazine, February 4, 2022.

Perth Symphony Orchestra, "Perth Puts More Women on the Podium," November 12, 2021.
Leigh Harrold, "September Update: Slight Light," The Australian National Academy of Music, September, 2021.
Tanya MacNaughton, "Music royalty reigns for Perth Symphony Orchestra performance of Prince's music," PerthNow, May 14, 2021.
Jo Litson, "ANAM names the 67 composers participating in The ANAM Set," Limelight Magazine, April 14, 2021.

Australian Music Centre, "2020 Summers Night Project - composers announced," Resonate Magazine, April 15 2020.

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra, "WASO announces Emerging Conductor participants," December 19, 2019.
Rosalind Appleby, "Musical Journeys," Seesaw Magazine, November 23, 2019.
Tura New Music, "Decibel Performs New Commission by WA Composer," June 27, 2019.

New Waves Radio Broadcast, "Breaking Out Act II," ABC Classic FM, January 17, 2018.

William Huang, "Three Takes on Tura: a review of three concerts as part of the Totally Huge New Music Festival," Pelican Magazine, November 27, 2017.
Ruth Thomas, "Words with composers Kate Milligan and Nate Wood (Tura New Music)," Pelican Magazine, October 23, 2017.
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, "Creation: The Dorothy Ellen Ransom Prize in Musical Composition," The University of Western Australia, August, 2017.

Neville Cohn, "WASO bloods new composers," The West Australian, June 22, 2016.
Kate Milligan - Composer/Conductor
Photography by Olivia Davies