Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: “Beethoven Festival Concert No. 2”

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Location Amphitheater

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Stilian Kirov, conductor
YooJin Jang, violin



Giuseppe Verdi : Overture to La forza del destino   [8’]

Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, op. 61   [42’]


Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67   [31’]


Stilian Kirov, conductor

First Prize Winner of the 2017 “Debut Berlin” Concert Competition, Stilian Kirov made his debut in June with the German National Orchestra at Berlin Philharmonic Hall. He returned to the U.S. to begin the 2017/2018 season as the newly-appointed Music Director of the Illinois Philharmonic in Chicago’s Southland. He will continue his music directorships with the Bakersfield Symphony in California and New Jersey’s Symphony in C. Recipient of a Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award in 2016 and 2017, Mr. Kirov continues to build upon his previous successes as Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony and Associate Conductor of the Memphis Symphony. 

Recent engagements include guest performances with the Amarillo Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra/Breckenridge, and the symphonies of Kalamazoo, South Bend, Tucson, and West Virginia. He also appears regularly as guest conductor with the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. In 2013/2014, Mr. Kirov served as an assistant conductor to Bernard Haitink with the Chicago Symphony. 

Worldwide, Stilian Kirov has appeared with the Leopolis Chamber Orchestra/Ukraine, Orchestra of Colors/Athens, Orchestre Colonne/Paris, Sofia Festival Orchestra, State Hermitage Orchestra/St. Petersburg, Thüringen Philharmonic Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic, and the Victoria Symphony/British Columbia, among others. 

Mr. Kirov is a graduate of The Juilliard School’s conducting program and recipient of numerous honors, including a prize at Denmark’s 2015 Malko Competition, an Emmy for the Memphis Symphony’s Soundtrack Project, and Third Prize at the 2010 Mitropoulos Conducting Competition. 

Also a gifted pianist, Stilian Kirov was Gold Medalist of the 2001 Claude Kahn International Piano Competition in Paris. 

YooJin Jang, violin

Applauded by The Strad for her “consummate performances,” Violinist YooJin Jang is a Winner of the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Competition, and is also First prize winner of the 2016 Sendai International Music Competition in Japan.  Born in Korea, she has performed with the top Korean orchestras since age nine, and she is an active soloist with orchestras and in recital throughout Asia, Europe and North America.  Now pursuing a Doctor of Music degree at New England Conservatory, studying with Miriam Fried, her latest CD releases are live recordings of her Sendai Competition-winning recital and concerto performances