Born in the Ukraine, Milana Kornienko began studying the violin at the Kiev Special Music School for Gifted Children from the age of seven until she graduated at eighteen.
She continued her studies at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Kiev and graduated with a Diploma as an Orchestra Player, Chamber Orchestra Player, Quartet Player and Teacher.
She played with Kiev Opera House for young people for eight years and toured Europe. Then she joined the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine for five years and toured extensively in Europe, Asia and Australasia.
She was recruited by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra whilst she was touring Australia with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine and she immigrated to New Zealand in 1996 to take up her position of Associate Principal Second Violin.
She is part of a family with strong musical tradition as her sisters, Iryna and Galyna both play for the CSO as Principal Second Violin and Principal Cello respectively.
The three sisters also perform as a trio - String Trio Allegro.