Music Director

Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, Princeton Symphony Orchestra Music Director Rossen Milanov has established himself as a conductor with a considerable international presence. Mr. Milanov is the newly appointed principal conductor of Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias in Spain and also serves as music director of the nationally recognized training orchestra Symphony in C. During his 11-year tenure with The Philadelphia Orchestra, he conducted more than 200 performances, both as associate conductor and artistic director of the orchestra’s summer home at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts.

An artist with a distinct personal style, his performances are characterized by sharp musical intellect, artistic ingenuity, freedom, and coherence. Mr. Milanov has collaborated with some of the world’s most prestigious artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Midori, Christian Tetzlaff, and Andre Watts, as well as with some of the world’s most esteemed vocalists. Noted for his versatility, Mr. Milanov is also an experienced opera and ballet conductor. His passion for new music has resulted in world premieres of works by composers such as Richard Danielpour, Nicolas Maw, and Gabriel Prokofiev.

Recent highlights include debuts at the Musikverein in Vienna, Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, and Zurich Opera, as well as a world-premiere staged performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s Eugene Onegin with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

A well-known figure in North America, Mr. Milanov has appeared with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, New Jersey, Seattle, Vancouver, Columbus, Oregon, and Fort Worth, among others. He has made festival appearances in Aspen and Chautauqua, as well as with The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival, The Mann Center, and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Internationally, he has collaborated with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Komische Oper Berlin, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Residentie Orkest/The Hague Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Lucerne, Aalborg, Latvia, Mexico, Colombia, Sao Paulo, and New Zealand. On his regular tours to the Far East, he has appeared with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, China Philharmonic, Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, and Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

A committed supporter of music education, Mr. Milanov is music director of the New Symphony Orchestra, a youth orchestra in his native city of Sofia, Bulgaria. He appears each season at Carnegie Hall for LinkUP!, a program supported and promoted by The Weill Music Institute reaching more than 15,000 children.

Mr. Milanov studied conducting at The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. He is a recipient of a 2011 ASCAP Award for his creative programming with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

Also a passionate cook, Mr. Milanov often dedicates his culinary talents to various charities.

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