Jonathan Mills is a composer who studied under Peter Sculthorpe. He was a research fellow and composer-in-residence at RMIT University, Melbourne 1992–97 and adjunct professor at RMIT 1998–2003. From 1988 to 2003 he was the artistic director of music festivals in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. He was Vice-Chancellor's (Professorial) Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Director of the Alfred Deakin Lectures and an artistic advisor to the Melbourne Recital Centre (including Elisabeth Murdoch Hall). From 2004–16 he was director of the Edinburgh International Festival. He currently lives in Edinburgh, where he is composing a new opera.