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Cynthia Millar

Ondes Martenot player Cynthia Millar's most recent performances include concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre national de Lyon, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, and NHK Symphony Orchestra. She began the 2021–22 season with a performance of Richard Rodney Bennett’s Ophelia with Iestyn Davies and Aurora Orchestra at Kings Place, London.

In 2016 Millar premiered the Ondes Martenot part specially written for her by Thomas Adès in his opera The Exterminating Angel at the Salzburg Festival, and reprised the work at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, The Metropolitan Opera, and the Royal Danish Opera in March 2018. The 2016–17 season also saw her take part in a ten-concert tour of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-symphonie with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel, beginning in Caracas and culminating in a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall.

Cynthia Millar studied the Ondes Martenot with John Morton in England and Jeanne Loriod in France. Since her first performance of the Turangalîla-symphonie at the 1986 BBC Proms with the National Youth Orchestra under Mark Elder, she has played the piece around 200 times with some of the world’s leading conductors, including Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Franz Welser-Möst, Paavo Järvi, Susanna Mälkki, Andrew Davis, and Mariss Jansons.

Millar has recorded Turangalîla with the Bergen Symphony Orchestra conducted by Juanjo Mena, and Messiaen’s Trois petites liturgies with both the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot and the London Sinfonietta and Terry Edwards. She has played in well over 100 film and television scores and has written music for film, television, and theater, including scores for Robert Wise, Arthur Penn, Martha Coolidge, and Peter Yates. Cynthia Millar holds dual British-US citizenship.


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