Born in Odessa and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, growing up in a family of well known classical musicians, Ms. Milkis graduated from the specialized music school for gifted children.
After immigrating to Canada, she continued her education at the University of Toronto and the Banff Centre of Fine Arts. As the leader of a string quartet in residence, she followed up with an assistantship at Indiana University. A disciple of Joseph Gingold, Zoltan Szekely, Lorand Fenyves and Aron Knayfel, Ms. Milkis has participated in numerous masterclasses with William Primrose, Oscar Shumsky, George Sebok, Janos Starker & Karen Tuttle. Ms. Milkis has held concert master positions with the New York City Symphony, New American Chamber Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, The Windsor Symphony, and has been the lead violinist of several Chamber groups, including New York Concertino Ensemble, Chamber Arts String Quartet, and Les Amis. Ms. Milkis has appeared on stages throughout the world, such as The Great Hall of St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Wigmore Hall, The Great Hall in Taipei, Merkin Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Trinity Church, Town Hall and The BargeMusic at New York. She has performed newly discovered works of the Baroque, Classical and Modern eras.
Ms. Milkis has also been on the faculty of The InterHarmony Festival in Germany and Italy, as well as Bridgeport University, Connecticut.
Currently, she resides in New York City, playing chamber music, serving as Vice President of the Brooklyn Music Teachers’ Guild and teaching at the Kaufman Center.