Stilian Kirov
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"Stilian Kirov did a beautiful job with the music, finding hints of Schumann among the traditional Russian melodies. The performance of the orchestra was excellent."


Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra






Currently Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, Stilian Kirov has also served as Associate Conductor of the Memphis Symphony and Music Director of the Memphis Youth Symphony Program. Guest engagements include the Amarillo Symphony, Lansing Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, New World Symphony, in addition to the Leopolis Chamber Orchestra/Ukraine, Orchestra of Colors/Athens, Orchestre Colonne/Paris, Sofia Festival Orchestra, State Hermitage Orchestra/St. Petersburg, Thüringen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Zagreb Philharmonic, among others. Following his successful debut in 2012, Mr. Kirov also appears regularly as a guest conductor at the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle.


Mr. Kirov was invited to be a Conducting Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center during the summer of 2013 and during the 2012 Aspen Music Festival. In 2010, he was awarded the Chautauqua Music Festival's David Effron Conducting Fellowship, and returned in 2012 as a guest conductor at the festival. In 2011, he made his debut at the Musical Olympus International Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. The members of the Festival's honorary committee included some of the world's most distinguished artists such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Montserrat Caballé, Placido Domíngo, Mariss Jansons, Yo-Yo Ma, Zubin Mehta and Yuri Temirkanov.


Among Stilian Kirov’s numerous awards and prizes are an Emmy for the Memphis Symphony’s Soundtrack Project, the Orchestra Preference Award and Third Prize at the 2010 Mitropoulos Conducting Competition, as well as Juilliard’s Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship and the Charles Schiff Conducting Award for outstanding achievement. He is also recipient of France’s 2010 ADAMI Conducting Prize, culminating in a showcase concert at the Salle Gaveau with the Orchestre Colonne. Following the performance, Mr. Kirov was re-invited to conduct the orchestra’s opening concerts of the 2011/2012 season in Paris.


Stilian Kirov is a graduate in orchestral conducting of The Juilliard School, where he was a student of James DePreist. He has also been a conducting fellow at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen and the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA Mr. Kirov also holds a master's degree from the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, where he studied with Dominique Rouits. He has participated in master classes with such distinguished conductors as Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gianluigi Gelmetti, George Manahan and Asher Fisch.


A gifted pianist, Stilian Kirov is the 2001 gold medalist of the Claude Kahn International Piano Competition in Paris.

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