Professor Frank Millward

Professor of Music (Composition)
College of Arts and Social Sciences



Frank Millward BA MA PhD


After receiving a BA in performance, Queensland Conservatorium, Millward completed an MA at City University of New York (1981), studying composition and computer music with Myron Fink, Ruth Anderson and Charles Dodge. As composer with Lumiere and Son Theatre Company London he wrote scores for a number of pieces including Brightside, which won the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival (1986). 

Millward is a sonic artist whose extensive and diverse output has been exhibited in a variety of forms - large scale site-specific: Dining With Alice (Artichoke 2011 & 1999) – Used To Be Slime (Glasgow 2010) – Digital Media: Uneasy Dreams (Delta Saxophone Quartet DVD 2011) Performance: From Anger To Sadness #3 (National Review of Live Art 2009) – Instrumental & Vocal Works: solo piano 1-3 (series) - timelines for DJ and Orchestra.

He has received major grants and awards from: The Australian Research Council – The Australia Council – The Arts Council UK – The Arts and Humanities Research Council, as well as from publishers, festivals and corporate sponsors. Awarded a PhD in 2001 (Queensland University) his research actively explores cross-disciplinary relationships between technology, science and art where sound and moving image are used to shape new interactive forms in live performance.

He lectures in digital media, music technology, composition and sonic arts. While continuing to receive commissions for new work, he also creates soundtracks for documentary films for ABC-TV, BBC-TV, Channel 4 and independent producers in Australia and the U.K. He has held academic positions as Lecturer in Keyboards at Southern Cross University, Convenor of Jazz Studies at Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, Principal Lecturer and then Professor of Music at Kingston University, London and Head of the School of Creative Arts Newcastle University, Australia

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