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Described by The Observer [July 2018] as the “unchallenged sovereign of the Ondes Martenot”, Cynthia Millar is in demand with top orchestras around the world. The 2023/24 season will see Cynthia perform Messiaen’s large-scale Turangalîla Symphonie with São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden and the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra.
Last season saw Cynthia perform with the Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, New York Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra in London and at the Edinburgh International Festival, working with Sir Simon Rattle, Jaap van Zweden, Kazushi Ono, Simone Young, Cristian Măcelaru and Nicholas Collon. Cynthia also returned to the LA Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony to perform Messiaen’s Trois petites liturgies de la présence divine under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas.
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 Symphonie with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel, beginning in Caracas and culminating in a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall, New York.
Cynthia has recorded Turangalîla with the Bergen Symphony Orchestra for Juanjo Mena; and the Trois petites liturgies with the Seattle Symphony for Ludovic Morlot and the London Sinfonietta for Terry Edwards. She has played in well over 100 film and television scores and has written music for film, television and theatre, including scores for Robert Wise, Arthur Penn, Martha Coolidge and Peter Yates.