Cathy Milliken studied oboe and piano in her native country Australia. She was a founding member of the Ensemble Modern and its member until 2007, and worked closely together with artists like György Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pierre Boulez, Fred Frith and Frank Zappa. She started the composers' group HCD-Productions together with Dietmar Wiesner und Hermann Kretzschmar. Since 1990 she composes music theatre-, instrumental- and chamber music, radio plays, installations, theatre- and film music. She is commissioned by notable international festivals, orchestras and ensembles and received several prices. Participating compositions and project form the central part of her work. From 2005 until 2012 she managed the Education Department of the Berliner Philharmoniker and had performances of her own work while there. From 2018 until 2020 she was associated composer with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Currently she is working on a doctors degree on ʺCollaborative Composing“ at the Griffith University Queensland, Australia. Cathy Milliken lives in Berlin.