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Princeton Symphony names new conductor

August 31, 2009

Rossen Milanov, associate conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra and artistic director of The Philadelphia Orchestra at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, has been named music director and conductor of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, effective July 1. The announcement was made Tuesday at The Nassau Club in downtown Princeton.

The news, which coincides with the announcement of the orchestra’s 30th anniversary season, is the result of an intensive, two-year search. Mr Milanov has signed a three-year contract with the Princeton Symphony.

Mr Milanov is also music director of Symphony in C in Camden (formerly the Haddonfield Symphony), one of three professional training orchestras in the United States, and the New Symphony Orchestra in his native city of Sofia, Bulgaria.

A sought-after guest conductor on the international music scene, Mr Milanov has been hailed as “one who bears watching by anyone who cares about the future of music” (Chicago Tribune).

Mr Milanov began his association with The Philadelphia Orchestra as assistant conductor in 2000 and was promoted to associate conductor four years later. In this role, he leads the orchestra in subscription, family, educational, community, and holiday concerts. In March 2006, Mr Milanov was named artistic director of the orchestra’s summer series at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts.

With the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr Milanov’s recent concert highlights have included critically acclaimed concerts on the orchestra’s summer series at the Mann Center; subscription performances of Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations; Adams’s Violin Concerto and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15; a highly-praised production of Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale,” and the world premiere of Nicholas Maw’s English Horn Concerto.

He was music director of the Chicago Youth Symphony from 1997 to 2001, and he has participated in numerous summer festivals, including Tanglewood and the Interlochen Arts Festival.

His recording of works by the Russian composer Alla Pavlova with the Moscow Philharmonic is available on the Naxos label [8.557674].

PAVLOVA Sulamith (Ballet Suite)
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Rossen Milanov, conductor


Born and trained in Russia, the composer Alla Pavlova later settled in America and composed music for a variety of media ranging from film and dance, to theatre. Her Sulamith Suite is a collection of excerpts from her ballet of the same name based on Alexandre Kuprin’s dramatic and touching love story of King Solomon and the servant girl Sulamith. The Old New York Nostalgia is a telling look at metropolitan life made all the more poignant by the inclusion of the movement Lullaby for the Twins, composed after and dedicated to the victims of 9/11. Pavlova’s Symphonies Nos. 1–4 can be heard on Naxos 8.557157 and 8.557566.

Mr Milanov studied conducting at the Juilliard School (recipient of the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship), the Curtis Institute of Music, Duquesne University, and the Bulgarian National Academy of Music.

Current season highlights include debuts with Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Komische Oper, Berlin, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Swedish Opera (with a ballet triple-bill), and he makes his Carnegie Hall debut with the Orchestra of St Luke’s.

In the United States, Mr Milanov has led concerts at the Aspen Music Festival, the Baltimore Symphony, Curtis Opera Theatre, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Juilliard Opera Center, the New World Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Grand Teton Festival.

Elsewhere he has worked with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Lucerne Symphony, the National Orchestra of Colombia, the National Orchestra of Mexico, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Slovenian National Radio Orchestra, and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.


Rossen Milanov Biography & Discography

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra Biography & Discography

Alla Pavlova Biography & Discography


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