Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, ROSSEN MILANOV is currently the Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO), Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the newly appointed Chief Conductor of the Slovenian RTV Orchestra in Ljubljana. The talented Bulgarian musician has established himself as a conductor with considerable national and international presence. He recently completed a seven-year tenure as Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA) – one of the leading orchestras of Spain. Based in the United States, he has appeared with the local symphony orchestras of Colorado, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Seattle, and Fort Worth; with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the Link-Up educational projects of the Carnegie Hall with the Saint Luke Orchestra and with the Civic Orchestra, Chicago.
Internationally, the conductor has collaborated with the BBC Symphony orchestra and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Aalborg, Latvian and Hungarian National Symphony Orchestras and the orchestras in Toronto, Vancouver, KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic in South Africa, Mexico, Colombia, Sao Paolo, Belo Horizonte and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Rosen Milanov has guest performed as conductor in the Far East, appearing with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of Sapporo, Tokyo, and Singapore; the Malaysian and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras. Mr. Milanov has collaborated with some of the world’s preeminent artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Nigel Kennedy, Joshua Bell, Midori, Christian Tetzlaff, André Watts, Kings Singers, Sergey Khachatryan, as well as with eminent Bulgarian performers – Nicolai Ghiaurov, Vesselina Kasarova, Krasimira Stoyanova, Mila Georgieva, Vesko Panteleev Eschkenazy, Anna Stoycheva, Dilyana Momchilova and others.
Rossen Milanov has gained remarkable exposure in the realm of opera and ballet. He has collaborated with Komische Oper Berlin (Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtzensk), Opera Oviedo with the Spanish premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Mazzepa and Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle (awarded the prize for best Spanish production for 2015), Opera Columbus (Verdi’s La Traviata). An experienced ballet conductor, he has collaborated with some of the most illustrious choreographers of our time such as Mats Ek, Benjamin Millepied, and most recently Alexei Ratmansky in the critically acclaimed revival of Swan Lake in Zurich with Zurich Ballet and in Paris with La Scala Ballet.
Rossen Milanov began his music studies at the Bulgarian National Radio Children’s Choir, then went on to graduate from the Lyubomir Pipkov National School of Music in Sofia majoring in oboe. He continued his education at the State Academy of Music “Professor Pancho Vladigerov”, then in two of America’s most prestigious universities of the arts – the Julliard School in New York (on a Bruno Walter Scholarship) and the Curtis Institute of Philadelphia. His conducting teachers were Academician Vassil Kazandjiev, Otto-Werner Mueller and Robin Fontaine. Milanov’s career began at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Orchestra (1994–1999), then he served as Music Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. He spent over 11 years with the Philadelphia Orchestra (2000–2011), and in parallel served as Chief Conductor of the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra (2003-2008). A co-founder and Music Director and Chief Conductor of the New Symphony Orchestra (1997-2013), Rossen Milanov is currently its Honorary Music Director. Guest conductor of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra.
His conducting art has been distinguished with national and international awards: In 2005, Milanov was named Bulgaria’s Musician of the Year. He received the Bulgarian Ministry’s Award for Extraordinary Contribution to Bulgarian Culture and the 2011 ASCAP award for his programming with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. Milanov was recipient of an Arts Prize by The Columbus Foundation. Under his leadership, the Columbus Symphony has expanded its reach by connecting original programming with community-wide initiatives such as focusing on women composers, nature conservancy, presenting original festivals, and supporting and commissioning new music. His passion for new music has resulted in numerous world premieres of works by composers such as Derek Bermel, Mason Bates, Caroline Shaw, Phillip Glass, Richard Danielpour, Nicolas Maw, and Gabriel Prokofiev, among others.