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Rossen Milanov Conducts the Curtis Symphony Orchestra with Violinist Leila Josefowicz April 26

First Curtis Appearance at the Kimmel Center Since Being Named a Resident Company

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Philadelphia, Pa., April 16, 2015--Curtis alumnus and Philadelphia favorite Rossen Milanov leads the Curtis Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, April 26 at 2 p.m. at the Kimmel Center. Mr. Milanov, a conductor with considerable international presence and "a reputation as a top-notch shaper of young talent" (Courier Post), conducts Prokofiev's Suite No. 1 from Cinderella, Zimmerman's Violin Concerto, and Ravel's Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé.

This sparkling and eclectic assortment of 20th-century gems is highlighted by pioneering violinist and alumna Leila Josefowicz, "one of the world's superstar violinists" (New Yorker), performing as soloist on Zimmermann's impassioned, jazz-influenced concerto. Conducting fellow Kensho Watanabe opens the concert with Ravel's Alborada del Gracioso.

This is the first Curtis performance in Verizon Hall since the school was named a resident company of the Kimmel Center. The Curtis Institute of Music joins the existing eight esteemed resident companies that call the Kimmel Center campus home including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pennsylvania Ballet, Opera Philadelphia, the Philly Pops, Philadanco, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, American Theater Arts for Youth, Inc., and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

Join the Curtis Symphony Orchestra for this season's final performance at the Kimmel Center. Single tickets are $5 to $50 and are available at the Kimmel Center Box Office and from Ticket Philadelphia at (215) 893-1999 or This concert is part of the 2014-15 series of Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts.

The Curtis Symphony Orchestra has been called "an orchestra that any city would be lucky to have as its professional ensemble" (Philadelphia Inquirer). Recent visiting conductors include Charles Dutoit, Simon Rattle, Robert Spano, and Michael Tilson Thomas, as well as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Curtis's mentor conductor for the Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellowship Program. This professional training has enabled Curtis alumni to assume prominent positions in America's leading orchestras, as well as esteemed orchestral, opera, and chamber ensembles around the world.

Rossen Milanov is music director of the Princeton Symphony and Symphony in C, and music director designate of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He is also principal conductor of Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA) in Spain and music director of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Milanov conducted more than 200 performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra during an eleven-year tenure as its associate conductor and artistic director of its summer home at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts.

He has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Colorado, Detroit, Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Seattle, and Toronto; the National and Pacific symphonies; and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Milanov has also collaborated with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; the Rotterdam, Strasbourg and Tokyo philharmonics; the Royal Scottish and Hungarian national orchestras; the Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken; and the symphony orchestras of Lucerne, Sapporo, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo, and Vancouver, among others.

His opera engagements include Zurich Opera, Komische Oper Berlin, Opera Oviedo in Spain, and the Curtis Opera Theatre. Mr. Milanov studied conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, and also studied at the Bulgarian National Academy of Music and Duquesne University. The former chief conductor of the Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra, he was named Bulgaria's Musician of the Year in 2005.

Leila Josefowicz has appeared with many of the world's most prestigious orchestras and eminent conductors. A regular, close collaborator of leading composers such as John Adams and Oliver Knussen, she is a strong advocate of new music. She has recently premiered concertos written for her by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Steve Mackey, and Colin Matthews; and played Concentric Paths by Thomas Adès with major orchestras throughout the U.S. In recognition of her passionate advocacy and genuine commitment to the music of today, Ms. Josefowicz was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

Recent appearances in North America include performances with the Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Minnesota orchestras; the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, St. Louis, and Cincinnati symphonies; and the American Composers Orchestra. She has recently given recitals in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, St. Paul, and at Zankel Hall at New York's Carnegie Hall. During the 2011-12 season she was artist in residence with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Recent engagements in Europe include the Royal Concertgebouw and Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestras; the London, Munich, and Czech philharmonics; the London Symphony; and the Finnish Radio Orchestra. A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1994 as well as a 2007 United States Artists Cummings Fellowship, Leila Josefowicz is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Jaime Laredo and Jascha Brodsky.

Kensho Watanabe, from Greenwich, Conn., received a diploma in 2013 from the Curtis Institute of Music, and returned in Fall 2013 as a Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellow. Recent conducting experiences with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra include works by Bartók, Glinka, Higdon, Strauss, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, and Wagner at Verizon Hall. In Fall 2013 he conducted the Curtis Opera Theatre's double bill of Ullmann's Emperor of Atlantis and Bach's Ich habe genug.

Mr. Watanabe previously was the assistant conductor of the Yale Symphony Orchestra under Toshiyuki Shimada, leading the YSO in concerts at Woolsey Hall and Battell Chapel. He has also served as the music director of Yale's Berkeley College Orchestra and as a cover conductor for the Atlanta Symphony and Symphony in C. He received a bachelor's degree in biology from Yale College and a master's degree in violin performance from Yale School of Music. He performs regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a substitute violinist and spends his summers at the Greenwood Music Camp, where he serves as orchestra conductor.

One of the world's finest and most selective conservatories, the Curtis Institute of Music offers a tuition-free, performance-inspired learning culture to 175 students from all corners of the world. Nurtured by a celebrated faculty, its extraordinary young musicians graduate to join 4,000 alumni who have long made music history. From Leonard Bernstein to Alan Gilbert, Samuel Barber to Jennifer Higdon, Anna Moffo to Eric Owens, Richard Goode to Jonathan Biss, Curtis alumni personify the school's commitment to excellence--onstage and in their communities--inventing careers with impact. Recent graduates forging 21st-century careers include violinist Adrian Anantawan, a performer and teacher dedicated to helping young people with disabilities make music; Joseph Conyers, director and founder of Project 440 and assistant principal bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra; and Jennifer Koh, a violin soloist recognized for both her dazzling virtuosity and impassioned musical curiosity, dedicated to performing repertoire of all eras, from traditional to contemporary.

A busy schedule of performances, including more than 200 a year in Philadelphia and around the world, is at the heart of Curtis's distinctive "learn by doing" approach. Dedicated to a tradition of excellence and innovation since its founding in 1924, Curtis is looking toward its centenary in a flexible and forward-thinking way, evolving strategically to serve its time-honored mission.

Curtis Symphony Orchestra
The Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts
Sunday, April 26 at 2 p.m.

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

Rossen Milanov ('94), conductor
Kensho Watanabe ('13), conductor
Leila Josefowicz ('97), violin

RAVEL - Alborada del Gracioso
PROKOFIEV - Suite No. 1 from Cinderella
ZIMMERMAN - Violin Concerto
RAVEL - Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé

Single tickets: $5, $10, $25, $35, $50; available at the Kimmel Center Box Office and from Ticket Philadelphia at (215) 893-1999 or


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