Rossen Milanov is the newly appointed Principal Conductor of Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias in Spain. He also serves as the Music Director of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra as well as the nationally recognized training orchestra — Symphony in C. Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, Maestro Milanov has established himself as a conductor with a considerable international presence. An artist with distinct personal style, his performances are characterized by sharp musical intellect, artistic ingenuity, freedom and coherence.
Recent highlights include debuts at the Musikverein in Vienna, the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, Zurich Opera and a world premiere of Sergey Prokofiev’s Incidental music to Pushkin’s Evgeny Onegin with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.
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 André Watts, as well as with some of the world’s most esteemed vocalists such as Nikolai Ghiaurov, Vesselina Kasarova, Ghena Dimitrova and Krassimira Stoyanova.
During his eleven-year tenure with The Philadelphia Orchestra he conducted more then 200 performances with that great orchestra, both as Associate Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orchestra’s summer home at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts.
Noted for his versatility, Mr. Milanov has built a reputation not only as a conductor of symphonic music, but also as an experienced opera and ballet conductor. His passion for new music has resulted in numerous world premieres of works by composers such as Richard Danielpour, Nicolas Maw, Gabriel Prokofiev, as well as working with emerging composers through Symphony in C’s annual Young Composer’s Competition.
A well-known figure in North America, Rossen Milanov has appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Indianapolis, Milwaukee, New Jersey, and Seattle. He has conducted the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, and has made festival appearances in Aspen, 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 London, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Geneva, the Komische Oper Berlin (Lady Macbeth of Mzensk), the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Residentie Orkest/The Hague, the Luzern Symphony, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Aalborg Symphony, the National Symphony of Latvia, Orquesta Nacional de México, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Colombia, the Orquesta Simfonica del Estado de Sao Paulo (OSESP), and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. On his regular tours to the Far East, he has appeared with the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the China Philharmonic, the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, and the Singapore Symphony.
As a ballet conductor he has partnered with some of the most influential choreographers of our time, such as Mats Ek in Zurich Opera, Niels Christie, Maurizio Weinrot, Sabrina Mathhews at Stockholm’s Royal Opera and Ballet; Benjamin Millepied and Andonis Foniadakis at the Geneva Opera and Jorma Elo in Philadelphia.
A committed supporter of youth and music, Mr. Milanov is Music Director of both Symphony in C (a professional training orchestra that has graduated and placed many of this country’s top instrumentalists) and the New Symphony Orchestra in his native city of Sofia, Bulgaria. He regularly conducts at The Curtis Institute of Music and appears each season at Carnegie Hall for LinkUP!, a program supported and promoted by The Weill Music Institute reaching more than 15,000 children. He has led tours with the Australian Youth Orchestra, the New Zealand Youth Orchestra and was Music Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony from 1997 to 2001 and Conductor of The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Orchestra.
Mr. Milanov’s first commercial recording with The Philadelphia Orchestra, A Grand Celebration: The Philadelphia Orchestra Live with the Wanamaker Organ, has recently been released. His live recording of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15 and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 with The Philadelphia Orchestra is available through Philadelphia Orchestra’s Online Music Store. Other recordings include works of Russian composer Alla Pavlova with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra for Naxos, and Argento’s opera Postcard from Morocco with The Curtis Opera Theatre for Albany Records and many recordings with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra available on iTunes.
Rossen Milanov studied conducting at The Juilliard School (where he received the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship), the Curtis Institute of Music, has a degree in Oboe from Duquesne University and the Bulgarian National Academy of Music. Former Chief Conductor of the Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra (2003-2008), Mr. Milanov is a recipient of the Bulgarian Ministry’s Award for Extraordinary Contribution to Bulgarian Culture and an ASCAP award in 2011 for his programing with Princeton Symphony Orchestra. In 2005, he was chosen as Bulgaria’s Musician of the Year.
He is a passionate cook and often cooks for various charities.