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Stilian Kirov - Music Director Candidate

Stilian Kirov

Recipient of the 2016 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Stilian Kirov began the 2015/2016 season as the newly-appointed Music Director of two quite different orchestras: the up- and-coming Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra in California, and New Jersey’s Symphony in C, one of America’s premier orchestras for young professionals. Mr. Kirov has previously served as Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony and the Memphis Symphony, as well as Music Director of the Memphis Youth Symphony Program.

Highlights of Mr. Kirov’s 2016/2017 season include guest performances with the Illinois Philharmonic and the symphonies of Kalamazoo, South Bend, and West Virginia. Recent engagements include guest appearances with the Amarillo Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra/Breckenridge, and Tucson Symphony. He also appears regularly as guest conductor with the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. In the 2013/2014 season, 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.

A graduate of The Juilliard School’s conducting program, Mr. Kirov is the 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.

To learn more visit: www.stiliankirov.com

Maestro Kirov will lead the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in: Leonard Bernstein's 100th.  Miller Auditorium | Saturday, March 24, 2018  | 8pm (Prelude at 7pm)