Milica Paranosic Milica Paranosic

A Native of Belgrade (Serbia), composer Milica Paranosic now lives in New York as an active composer, writer, sound designer, music educator and producer. Her compositions include concept pieces, mixed media as well as music for dance, stage and film. She uses human voices (vocal and spoken, live and recorded), found objects, technological tools and musical instruments as her musical carriers, giving them “equal rights”. She writes music, concepts, sounds, theatrical scripts and short stories.

Classically trained – she prefers to refer to herself as classically challenged – her influences are just as much the ones from the street and pop culture as the ones of her formal education.

Milica’s music and performances have provoked audiences of widely different profiles. Those from operagoers to soccer fans, from teenagers to middle-aged have rarely been left indifferent. As an educator, producer and performing artist, Milica strives to create new worlds in which contrasting concepts vividly coexist in unique textures. Her art and adventurous, exploring nature took her to Ghana, Brazil and all over Europe and US.

Milica is one of Kyle Gann's “Favorite Women Composers of All Time.” ( She was called: …free-wheeling, performance-art-type cat (Kyle Gann) ...a painter, a music Jackson Pollack, SEAMUS, Eric Somers, ... edgily comical Klaus Klingbeil, Der Lausitzer Rundschau, (Germany), and her music: amazing….astonishing… (Jack Anderson, New York Times). Allan Kozinn of The New York Times labeled her "Parabaraba," a piece commissioned and performed by the New Juilliard Ensemble, "the most captivating piece on the program."

Milica holds a Bachelor's degree in composition from Belgrade Music University, and a Master's degree in composition from The Juilliard School, where she has been on the faculty since 1995 teaching music technology. Additionally, Milica teaches at the 92Y School in New York and at Brandies High School, as an American Composers Orchestra Artist in residence, while also maintaining an active private teaching studio. She is the manager of the Music Technology Center, Associate Director of the Mentoring Program at The Juilliard School, cofounder and producer of Beyond the Machine, Juilliard’s Festival of Electronic and Interactive Music, and multimedia director of VisionIntoArt, (an interdisciplinary production and performance team. \

Milica’s music has been performed in numerous venues across her native Serbia, the U.S, and all over the world. She has aired on radio stations in Switzerland, Romania, The Netherlands, USA, Russia, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Macedonia, Great Britain, Spain, and Italy. Milica’s music has been released on Bridge, Electroshock Records and The New Sound record labels, and she is currently working on a solo CD (record label TBA).

Her work has been supported by Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, the Soros foundation, and Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, FK Partizan – Belgrade.

Her awards and honors include Awards, grants and supporting organizations include: ASCAP Plus Award (multiple times), John Erskine Prize, Composer Assistance Program, Meet the Composer Grant, Whitaker New Music Reading Sessions, October Award of the City of Belgrade, Stevan Hristic Award, UKS annual award, American Music Center, the Soros foundation, and Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, FK Partizan – Belgrade and many more.

Milica’s love of collaborations resulted in many relationships, such as the ongoing one with Charlotte Griffin, a noted trio D’Divaz and VisionIntoArt .

Ensembles that have performed Milica’s compositions include: The New Juilliard Ensemble, The Juilliard Dance Department, The New York Choreographic Institute – she was a founding composer in 2001 with choreography by Charlotte Griffin), VisionIntoArt, D’Divaz, and The Reflex Ensemble. Noted NYC artists who have performed Milica’s compositions include: Joel Sachs (Conductor); Margaret Lancaster (Flute); Kathleen Supové (Piano); Martha Mooke (Viola); and Mari Kimura, Tom Chiu, Airi Yoshioka (Violin).

Recent compositions include: 40 Shapes of Bob (a dance score commissioned by The New York Choreographic Institute, choreography – Michael Tucker), Wild Mannequins and Wing Walkers (a dance score commissioned by the Buglisi Dance Theater), I am a Bird (a multimedia piece for three bands) premiered in Salvador Bahia, Brazil, II FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE MÚSICA CONTEMPORÂNEA PPGMUS-UFBA commission, Confessions (one woman multimedia show) PS122 - NYC, VioLens (Ensemble, Multimedia, VisionIntoArt commission): NYC; Traveling Songs (Ensemble, Multimedia, VisionIntoArt commission): Joe’s Pub – NYC, BEMUS Festival – Belgrade, Kiss of The Spider Woman – The Musical (musical direction) Vortex Theater Company, Director Gisela Cardenas, Zmajovini Pangalozi (children’s musical, Bosko Buha Theater, Belgrade - regular repertoire), LIMS MOSAIC 2007 – A movement Choir - FlorDe Lyc (Choreographer Regina Miranda,) KRS – Piano and electronics, American Dance Festival commission, (Choreographer Charlotte Griffin), tracks for award winning films Yugodivas and Das Fräulein (director Andrea Staka).

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