Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, Princeton Symphony Orchestra Music Director Rossen Milanov is the Principal Conductor of Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA) in Spain and also serves as Music Director of the nationally recognized training orchestra Symphony in C in New Jersey.
Mr. Milanov has established himself as a conductor with a considerable national and international presence. His recent conducting highlights include debuts at the Musikverein in Vienna, Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, Zurich Opera, and a world premiere of Sergei Prokofiev’s incidental music to Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. This season, Mr. Milanov debuts with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic in South Africa, Sapporo Symphony and Tokyo City Philharmonic, and returns to the Milwaukee ,Vancouver, Columbus, Fort Worth, Aalborg, and Latvian National Symphony Orchestras; National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Zurich Opera, Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra and his Link Up education projects with Carnegie Hall and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
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, as well as with such internationally esteemed vocalists as Nicolai Ghiaurov, Vesselina Kasarova, Angela Meade, Measha Brueggergosman, Anne Schwanewilms and Krassimira Stoyanova. 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.
A well-known figure in North America, Rossen Milanov has appeared with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Indianapolis, Calgary, Alabama, Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina, Seattle, and Oregon, among others. His festival appearances include Aspen, Chautauqua, the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival, Grand Teton, and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Internationally, he has collaborated with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Komische Oper Berlin, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Lucerne, Mexico, Colombia, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Auckland and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. 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, and Singapore Symphony.
Noted for his versatility, Milanov is also a welcome presence in the worlds of opera and ballet. He has worked with opera companies including the Komische Oper Berlin (Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), the Philadelphia Orchestra (Puccini’s La bohème), and Curtis Opera Theatre (Dominick Argento’s Postcard from Morocco). In ballet, he has collaborated with leading choreographers Mats Ek (Zurich Opera), Sabrina Matthews and Nils Christe (Stockholm’s Royal Ballet), Benjamin Millepied and Andonis Foniadakis (Geneva Opera), and Jorma Elo (Pennsylvania Ballet).
Milanov’s passion for new music has resulted in numerous world premieres of works by composers including Richard Danielpour, Paul Moravec, Nicolas Maw, and Gabriel Prokofiev. He also collaborates with emerging composers through Symphony in C’s annual Young Composer’s Competition. A committed supporter of youth and music, he regularly conducts at the Curtis Institute of Music and appears each season at Carnegie Hall for “Link Up,” a program supported and promoted by the Weill Music Institute that offers more than 15,000 children in grades 3–5 the opportunity to perform with a professional orchestra. He has led tours with the Australian and New Zealand Youth Orchestras, was Music Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony (1997–2001), and served as conductor of the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Orchestra.
Milanov’s first recording with OSPA was recently released by Classic Concert Records. His first commercial recording with the Philadelphia Orchestra, A Grand Celebration, was released in 2010 and his live recording of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15 and Brahms’s Symphony No. 1, also with the Philadelphia Orchestra, is available through the orchestra’s web site. His other recordings include works by Russian composer Alla Pavlova, with the Moscow Philharmonic on the Naxos label, and Argento’s Postcard from Morocco, with the Curtis Opera Theatre for Albany Records. Many of Milanov’s recordings with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra are available on iTunes.
Rossen Milanov studied conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, where he received the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship. He studied oboe and orchestral conducting 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 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 and won an ASCAP award in 2011 for his programming with Princeton Symphony Orchestra.
A passionate cook, he often dedicates his culinary talents to various charities.