A sought-after guest conductor on the international music scene, Rossen Milanov has been hailed as “one who bears watching by anyone who cares about the future of music” (Chicago Tribune). He currently holds the positions of associate conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra and artistic director of The Philadelphia Orchestra at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Milanov’s place as “one of the most-promising figures in the upcoming generation of conductors” (Seattle Times) has recently been recognized with his appointment as music director of the Princeton Symphony.
A committed supporter of youth and music, Mr. Milanov is music director of both the New Symphony Orchestra, a privately-funded youth orchestra in Sofia, Bulgaria, and Symphony in C, one of America’s premier professional training orchestras. With the Curtis Institute of Music he conducts one production per season, most recently Dominick Argento’s Postcard from Morocco (released on CD). This season Mr. Milanov returns to Carnegie Hall for LinkUP! concerts, a program of the Weill Music Institute. He has led a tour with the Australian Youth Orchestra and concerts with the Aspen Chamber Symphony, and he was music director of the Chicago Youth Symphony from 1997 to 2001.
In the 2009-10 season—in addition to conducting The Philadelphia Orchestra in subscription, Family, and community concerts—Mr. Milanov returns to the San Antonio Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the NHK Symphony, and the Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra. In recent seasons he has also worked with the Baltimore, Indianapolis, Seattle, Charlotte, New Jersey, BBC, and Singapore symphonies; the Scottish and Saint Paul chamber orchestras; the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; the Rotterdam and Seoul philharmonics; the Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin; and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
Mr. Milanov studied conducting at the Juilliard School, where he received the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship; the Curtis Institute of Music; Duquesne University; and the Bulgarian National Academy of Music. He has received the Award for Extraordinary Contribution to Bulgarian Culture, awarded by the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture. In 2005 he was chosen as Bulgaria’s Musician of the Year.
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA
Founded in 1900, The Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the leading orchestras in the world through a century of acclaimed performances, historic international tours, and best-selling recordings. Seven music directors have piloted the Orchestra through its history, giving the ensemble an unparalleled cohesiveness and unity in artistic leadership. Fritz Scheel and Carl Pohlig served as its first music directors. In 1912 Leopold Stokowski was appointed conductor. Leading a series of major world and U.S. premieres and making widely acclaimed recordings, Stokowski firmly established Philadelphia’s prominence in American classical music.
Eugene Ormandy assumed the music directorship in 1936. For the next 44 years, he maintained and expanded upon the Orchestra’s unique artistry and musical excellence. Under Ormandy, the Orchestra refined its famed “Philadelphia Sound” and traveled widely. Perhaps his most lasting legacy is a Philadelphia discography of nearly 400 recordings.
In 1980 Riccardo Muti took over the Orchestra’s leadership. He built upon the Orchestra’s tradition of versatility by introducing new music from all periods. An advocate of contemporary music, Muti commissioned many new works and appointed the Orchestra’s first composer-in-residence.
Wolfgang Sawallisch became music director in 1993. Acclaimed as one of the greatest living exponents of the Germanic musical tradition, Sawallisch enriched and expanded upon the Orchestra’s reputation for excellence in this repertoire, while also promoting new and lesser-known compositions.
Christoph Eschenbach was the Orchestra’s seventh music director, between 2003 and 2008. Highlights of his five seasons included the Orchestra’s first-ever multi-year cycle of Mahler’s complete symphonies; performances of all nine Beethoven symphonies, paired with music of our time, including several world premieres; and the release of numerous recordings in partnership with the Ondine label.
This rich tradition is carried on by Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit. Mr. Dutoit has a long-standing relationship with the Orchestra, having made his debut with the ensemble in 1980. Highlights of his tenure will include a focus on the works of Berlioz and the music of the Ballets Russes.
The Philadelphia Orchestra performs its home subscription concerts at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Designed and built especially for the Orchestra, the Kimmel Center provides the Orchestra with a state-of-the-art facility for concerts, recordings, and education activities.
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The Philadelphia Orchestra
CHARLES DUTOIT, Chief Conductor
Walter and Leonore Annenberg Chair
WOLFGANG SAWALLISCH, Conductor Laureate
ROSSEN MILANOV, Associate Conductor
DANAIL RACHEV, Assistant Conductor
David Kim, Concertmaster
Dr. Benjamin Rush Chair
Juliette Kang, First Associate Concertmaster
Joseph and Marie Field Chair
José Maria Blumenschein, Associate Concertmaster
Nancy Bean, Assistant Concertmaster
Larry A. Grika Chair
Wilson H. and Barbara B. Taylor Chair
Robert and Lynne Pollack Chair
Jason De Pue
Kimberly Fisher, Principal
Peter A. Benoliel Chair
Paul Roby, Associate Principal
Sandra and David Marshall Chair
Dara Morales, Assistant Principal
Mitchell and Hilarie Morgan Family Foundation Chair
Lorraine and David Popowich Chair
Yumi Ninomiya Scott
Choong-Jin Chang, Principal
Ruth and A. Morris Williams Chair
Kirsten Johnson, Associate Principal
Kerri Ryan, Assistant Principal
Anna Marie Ahn Petersen
Hai-Ye Ni, Principal
Albert and Mildred Switky Chair
Efe Baltacýgil, Associate Principal
Yumi Kendall, Assistant Principal
Wendy and Derek Pew Foundation Chair
Gloria de Pasquale
Orton P. and Noël S. Jackson Chair
Kathryn Picht Read
Winifred and Samuel Mayes Chair
Volunteer Committees Chair
Catherine R. and Anthony A. Clifton Chair
Mollie and Frank Slattery Chair
Harold Robinson, Principal
Michael Shahan, Associate Principal
Neil Courtney, Assistant Principal
Henry G. Scott
Some members of the string
sections voluntarily rotate
seating on a periodic basis.
Jeffrey Khaner, Principal
Paul and Barbara Henkels Chair
David Cramer, Associate Principal
Rachelle and Ronald Kaiserman Chair
Loren N. Lind
Kazuo Tokito, Piccolo
Richard Woodhams, Principal
Samuel S. Fels Chair
Peter Smith, Associate Principal
Edwin Tuttle Chair
Elizabeth Starr Masoudnia, English Horn
Joanne T. Greenspun Chair
Ricardo Morales, Principal
Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Chair
Samuel Caviezel, Associate Principal
Sarah and Frank Coulson Chair
Peter M. Joseph and Susan Rittenhouse Joseph Chair
Paul R. Demers, Bass Clarinet
Daniel Matsukawa, Principal
Richard M. Klein Chair
Mark Gigliotti, Co-Principal
Holly Blake, Contrabassoon
Jennifer Montone, Principal
Gray Charitable Trust Chair
Jeffrey Lang, Associate Principal
Angela Cordell, Acting Fourth Horn
David Bilger, Principal
Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest Chair
Jeffrey Curnow, Associate Principal
Gary and Ruthanne Schlarbaum Chair
Robert W. Earley
Nitzan Haroz, Principal
Neubauer Family Foundation Chair
Matthew Vaughn, Associate Principal
Blair Bollinger, Bass Trombone
Carol Jantsch, Principal
Don S. Liuzzi, Principal
Dwight V. Dowley Chair
Angela Zator Nelson, Associate Principal
Patrick and Evelyn Gage Chair
Christopher Deviney, Principal
Mrs. Francis W. De Serio Chair
Anthony Orlando, Associate Principal
Ann R. and Harold A. Sorgenti Chair
Angela Zator Nelson
PIANO AND CELESTA
Elizabeth Hainen, Principal
Patricia and John Imbesi Chair
Margarita Csonka Montanaro, Co-Principal
Robert M. Grossman, Principal
Steven K. Glanzmann
Edward Barnes, Manager
James J. Sweeney, Jr.
James P. Barnes