Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: "Charlotte Ballet with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra"

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Location Amphitheater

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Hope Muir, director
Rossen Milanov, conductor
Brian Reagin, violin


Rossen Milanov, conductor

Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, Rossen Milanov is in his third season as Music Director of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra following two seasons of enthusiastic acclaim. He is also the Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Princeton Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA) in Spain.

Mr. Milanov has previously appeared with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the BBC, Baltimore, Mexico, Indianapolis, New Jersey, North Carolina, Seattle, Oregon, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras. His recent season highlights include Tchaikovsky’s critically acclaimed Alexei Ratmansky revival of Swan Lake in Paris with La Scala Ballet and in Zurich with the Zurich Opera, appearances with the Toronto, Colorado, Detroit, Milwaukee, Vancouver, Fort Worth, Aalborg, and National Symphony Orchestras, and his Link Up education projects at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

Mr. Milanov has had the privilege to collaborate with some of the world’s finest artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Midori, and André Watts. During his eleven-year tenure with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Milanov served as Associate Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orchestra’s summer home at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts.  

Mr. Milanov studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, and the Bulgarian National Academy of Music. In addition to his musical achievements, Mr. Milanov is a passionate chef and frequently dedicates his culinary talents to various charities.

Brian Reagin, violin

Concertmaster of the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra since 1988, Brian Reagin was for eight years Assistant Concertmaster with the Pittsburgh Symphony under André Previn and Lorin Maazel. With the Pittsburgh Symphony he toured Japan, China, Hong Kong, Europe, Canada and Puerto Rico and performed numerous recital and chamber works in Europe, Africa and the West Indies. Prior to joining the Pittsburgh Symphony, he served as Concertmaster of the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra and taught at Carnegie Mellon University. Named Concertmaster of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in 1996 at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, he became only the fourth Concertmaster in the history of that summer orchestra since its inception in 1929, joining a distinguished list of musical leadership. With Chautauqua he has also performed concertos of Korngold, Bruch, Bartók, Prokofiev, Schumann and Stravinsky. He is a violinist with the All Star Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Gerard Scwharz. Each January, he serves as the Concertmaster of the St. Barth Music Festival Orchestra, St. Barthelemy, French West Indies.

Brian Reagin made his solo début with the Cleveland Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. Since that time he has appeared as soloist in performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic, the Syracuse Symphony, and the Wheeling Symphony. He has made annual solo appearances with the North Carolina Symphony performing concertos by Vieuxtemps, Paganini, Sibelius, Bruch, Korngold, Mendelssohn, Barber, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Bach and Vivaldi. Two days after the terrorist attacks of 11th September he was called on by the North Carolina Symphony to substitute for Itzhak Perlman, stranded in Detroit, for a performance of the Mendelssohn Concerto at their Gala season opening concert. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he earned a Diploma in Violin Performance in 1976 and an Artist Diploma in 1977. For four years he participated in the Cleveland Chamber Music Seminar, coaching with the Guarneri Quartet and with Mischa Schneider of the Budapest Quartet. He spent seven summer seasons at the Meadowmount School of Music where he studied with Ivan Galamian, coached with Josef Gingold and served as both an assistant and faculty member. He has been a recipient of numerous prizes, including First Prize in the Ohio Music Teachers Association Collegiate Artist Competition, First Prize in the Cleveland Institute Concerto Competition, the Society of American Musicians Talman Award in Chicago, and the Jerome Gross Memorial Prize at the Cleveland Institute.