Milanov bids farewell to Philadelphia Orchestra

Posted on: June 1, 2010

In Saturday’s (5/29) Philadelphia Inquirer, David Patrick Stearns writes, “Long known as the continuing face of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Rossen Milanov will step down from his position as associate conductor at the end of the 2010-2011 season to pursue other musical interests, nearby as well as in Europe and Japan. He will have been with the orchestra for 11 years. In confirming his plans on Friday before to leaving for his native Bulgaria (where he conducts the New Symphony Orchestra), Milanov expressed nothing but fondness for the Philadelphia Orchestra. … However, ongoing relationships with the Stockholm Opera and Japan’s NHK Symphony, plus his music directorship with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, are occupying an increasing part of his schedule. Philadelphia will continue to be one of his home bases, though, in part because of his continuing relationship with Camden’s Symphony in C. … Milanov, 45, has been the Philadelphia Orchestra’s most consistent conducting presence over the past decade, providing continuity during a period in which Wolfgang Sawallisch departed in 2003, Christoph Eschenbach had a five-year tenure (2003-2008) and Charles Dutoit became chief conductor in 2009.”

Posted June 1, 2010