Music Director

Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) Music Director Rossen Milanov is also the music director designate of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Ohio. In addition, he serves as music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA) in Spain and of the nationally recognized training orchestra Symphony in C in New Jersey. In October 2014, the Chautauqua Institution named Mr. Milanov as Music Director of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

His recent conducting highlights include debuts at the Colorado Symphony, Sapporo Symphony, and Tokyo City Philharmonic orchestras and return engagements abroad with the Aalborg Symphony, Latvian National Symphony, Hyogo Performing Arts Center and  Zurich Opera orchestras as well as North American appearances with the Milwaukee, Fort Worth and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, and a continuation of his Link Up education projects with Carnegie Hall and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

This season, Mr. Milanov debuts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Opera Oviedo in Spain, Hungarian National Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, New York City Ballet, Pacific Symphony and returns to the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic in South Africa, and the Aalborg Symphony. He is also conducting 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; he also works with emerging composers through Symphony in C’s annual Young Composers’ Competition.

Mr. Milanov’s first recording with OSPA featuring music of Stravinsky and Falla was released by Classic Concert Records. His other recordings include works by Russian composer Alla Pavlova, with the Moscow Philharmonic on the Naxos label. With The Philadelphia Orchestra his recordings include A Grand Celebration of Wannamakers Organ, a live recording of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, all available through The Philadelphia Orchestra’s website.

Rossen Milanov studied conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music and at The Juilliard School, where he received the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship. He also studied at the Bulgarian National Academy of Music, and holds a Masters degree in oboe performance from Duquesne University. 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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