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Cynthia Millar

ondes martenot

About this Artist

Described as the “unchallenged sovereign of the Ondes Martenot” (The Observer, July 2018), Cynthia Millar has most recently performed concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, and BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms. The 2018/19 season includes returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and NHK Symphony Orchestra.

In 2016, Cynthia premiered the ondes martenot part specially written for her by Thomas Adès in his opera The Exterminating Angel at the Salzburg Festival, and subsequently 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 the Turangalîla Symphony with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel, beginning in Caracas and culminating in a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall, New York.

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

Cynthia has recorded Turangalîla Symphony with the Bergen Symphony Orchestra and Juanjo Mena; and the Trois petites liturgies with the Seattle Symphony led by Ludovic Morlot and with the London Sinfonietta led by 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.