Music Director

ROSSEN MILANOV begins his 10-year anniversary season with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) as the Edward T. Cone Music Director in September 2019. He also heads the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO), Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA) in Spain.

For the PSO’s 2018-19 Season, Mr. Milanov has programmed collaborations with creative artists Daniel Rowland, Meghan Picerno, Inon Barnatan, Rachel Barton Pine, Dominic Cheli, and Chelsea Knox, and a performance of the commissioned work Mango Suite by Derek Bermel.

He has established himself as a conductor with considerable national and international presence. He has appeared with the Colorado, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Seattle, and Fort Worth symphonies, as well as the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Link Up education projects with Carnegie Hall and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Civic Orchestra in Chicago.

Internationally, Mr. Milanov has collaborated with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra de la Suisse Romand, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Aalborg, Latvian, Hungarian National, and Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestras, and orchestras in Canada, South Africa, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, and New Zealand. He has appeared with the NHK, Sapporo, Tokyo, and Singapore Symphonies, Hyogo Performing Arts Center, and Malaysian and Hong Kong Philharmonics.

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, Milanov conducted more than 200 performances. In 2015, he completed 15-years tenure as music director of the nationally recognized training orchestra 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, Mason Bates, Caroline Shaw, Phillip Glass, Richard Danielpour, Nicolas Maw, and Gabriel Prokofiev.

Mr. Milanov 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), Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle (awarded best Spanish production for 2015), 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, such as Mats Ek, Benjamin Millepied, and 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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