Music Director

Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) Music Director Rossen Milanov is also the new Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and recently completed his first season with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra to enthusiastic acclaim. He continues to serve as the Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA) in Spain. In 2015 he completed a 15-year tenure as Music Director of the nationally recognized training orchestra Symphony in C in New Jersey.

During 2015/16, he is dedicating the concert season of the PSO to women’s creativity and will showcase the compositions of some of the most respected emerging female composers, such as Anna Clyne, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider. In Columbus, Ohio he begins his tenure with transformative and creative ideas for new programming and expanding the orchestra’s reach to new audiences. With OSPA he celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the orchestra with 25 new works and premiere performances in Spain. He will be conducting a new production of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” at Zurich Opera.

His recent season highlights include appearances with the Colorado, Detroit, Milwaukee, Vancouver, Fort Worth, Aalborg, and Latvian National Symphony Orchestras; National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Opera, Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, and his Link Up education projects with Carnegie Hall and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He also appeared with Opera Oviedo in Spain, Hungarian National Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, New York City Ballet, Pacific Symphony, and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Verizon Hall in Philadelphia.

Mr. Milanov has collaborated with some of the world’s preeminent artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Midori, Christian Tetzlaff, and André Watts. During his eleven-year tenure with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Milanov conducted more than 200 performances, as Associate Conductor and as Artistic Director of the orchestra’s summer home at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. His passion for new music has resulted in numerous world premieres of works by composers such as Richard Danielpour, Nicolas Maw, and Gabriel Prokofiev.

Mr. Milanov studied conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, where he received the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship. As the former Chief Conductor of the Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra (2003-08) and Music Director of the New Symphony Orchestra, Sofia (1997-2013), he received the Bulgarian Ministry’s Award for Extraordinary Contribution to Bulgarian Culture. He was named Bulgaria’s Musician of the Year in 2005, included among the top 100 Most Influential People in New Jersey in 2014, and won an ASCAP award in 2011 for his programming with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

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


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