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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.




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

2008-2009 SEASON


CHARLES DUTOIT, Chief Conductor

Walter and Leonore Annenberg Chair



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

Herbert Light*

Larry A. Grika Chair

Barbara Govatos

Wilson H. and Barbara B. Taylor Chair

Herold Klein

Jonathan Beiler

Hirono Oka

Richard Amoroso

Robert and Lynne Pollack Chair

Yayoi Numazawa

Jason De Pue

Lisa-Beth Lambert

Jennifer Haas

Miyo Curnow

Elina Kalendareva

Daniel Han

Marc Rovetti

Noah Geller



Kimberly Fisher, Principal

Peter A. Benoliel Chair

Paul Roby, Associate Principal

Sandra and David Marshall Chair

Dara Morales, Assistant Principal

Philip Kates

Mitchell and Hilarie Morgan Family Foundation Chair

Virginia Halfmann*

Louis Lanza

Booker Rowe

Davyd Booth

Paul Arnold

Lorraine and David Popowich Chair

Yumi Ninomiya Scott

Dmitri Levin

Boris Balter

Jerome Wigler

William Polk

Amy Oshiro



Choong-Jin Chang, Principal

Ruth and A. Morris Williams Chair

Kirsten Johnson, Associate Principal

Kerri Ryan, Assistant Principal

Judy Geist

Renard Edwards

Anna Marie Ahn Petersen

Stephen Wyrczynski

David Nicastro

Burchard Tang

Che-Hung Chen

Rachel Ku

Marvin Moon



Hai-Ye Ni, Principal

Albert and Mildred Switky Chair

Efe Baltacýgil, Associate Principal

Yumi Kendall, Assistant Principal

Wendy and Derek Pew Foundation Chair

Richard Harlow

Gloria de Pasquale

Orton P. and Noël S. Jackson Chair

Kathryn Picht Read

Winifred and Samuel Mayes Chair

Robert Cafaro

Volunteer Committees Chair

Ohad Bar-David

Catherine R. and Anthony A. Clifton Chair

John Koen

Mollie and Frank Slattery Chair

Derek Barnes

Alex Veltman



Harold Robinson, Principal

Anonymous Chair

Michael Shahan, Associate Principal

Neil Courtney, Assistant Principal

John Hood

Emilio Gravagno

Henry G. Scott

David Fay

Duane Rosengard

Robert Kesselman


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

Jonathan Blumenfeld

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

Raoul Querze

Peter M. Joseph and Susan Rittenhouse Joseph Chair

Paul R. Demers, Bass Clarinet



Daniel Matsukawa, Principal

Richard M. Klein Chair

Mark Gigliotti, Co-Principal

Angela Anderson

Holly Blake, Contrabassoon



Jennifer Montone, Principal

Gray Charitable Trust Chair

Jeffrey Lang, Associate Principal

Jeffry Kirschen

Daniel Williams

Shelley Showers

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

Roger Blackburn



Nitzan Haroz, Principal

Neubauer Family Foundation Chair

Matthew Vaughn, Associate Principal

Eric Carlson

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



Kiyoko Takeuti



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



*On leave




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A Grand Celebration - The Philadelphia Orchestra live with the Wanamaker Organ & Peter Conte
After a wait of over eighty years, the vast tonal palette of The Philadelphia Orchestra is joined, once more, with the world’s greatest symphonic pipe organ for this historic concert! Recorded live, September 27, 2008. Includes Joseph Jongen's Symphonie concertante, which was commissioned for the Wanamaker organ and the Philadelphia Orchestra in the 1920's, but never performed together until this "Grand Celebration".