Music Director

Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, ROSSEN MILANOV is currently music director of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO), the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO), Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA) in Spain.

In 2017-18, Mr. Milanov continues a tradition of sophisticated programming for the PSO. He is collaborating with the acclaimed Westminster Symphonic Choir and creative artists such as Simone Dinnerstein, Shai Wosner, and Ilya Kaler, as well as conducting commissioned new music by Philip Glass and Saad Haddad.

Mr. Milanov has established himself as a conductor with considerable national and international presence. He has appeared with symphonies in major cities across the United States, with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, in Link Up education projects with Carnegie Hall and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Internationally, he has collaborated with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Latvian and Hungarian National Symphony Orchestras, and orchestras in Canada, South Africa, Mexico, Colombia, New Zealand, and elsewhere. In the Far East, he has appeared with Tokyo and Singapore Symphonies, Hyogo Performing Arts Center, Malaysian and Hong Kong Philharmonics, among others.

He has performed alongside some of the world’s preeminent artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Midori, Christian Tetzlaff, and André Watts. During his 11-year tenure with The Philadelphia Orchestra, he conducted over 200 performances. In 2015, he completed a 15-year tenure as music director of Symphony in C, and in 2013 a 17-year tenure with the New Symphony Orchestra in his native city of Sofia, Bulgaria. His passion for new music has resulted in numerous world premieres of works by composers such as Derek Bermel, Richard Danielpour, Nicolas Maw, and Gabriel Prokofiev.

He is a welcome presence in the worlds of opera and ballet. Recent operatic collaborations include Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District with Komische Oper Berlin, Tchaikovsky’s Mazzepa (Spanish premiere) and Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle (awarded best Spanish production for 2015) with Opera Oviedo, and Verdi’s La Traviata.with Opera Columbus.

He has helmed performances at New York City Ballet and regularly partners with some of the best-known choreographers of our time, including Mats Ek, Benjamin Millepied, and most recently Alexei Ratmansky in the critically-acclaimed revival of Swan Lake in Zurich with Zurich Ballet and in Paris with La Scala Ballet.

Mr. Milanov studied conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, where he received the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship.

A passionate chef, he often dedicates his culinary talents to various charities.


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