Seattle Symphony Music Director Designate Ludovic Morlot has appointed STILIAN KIROV to the new position of conducting fellow, a four-week residency that will take place during the 2011-12 season. Kirov is now in his first season as assistant conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Memphis Youth Symphony Program. The founding music director of New York City’s Art Symphony Orchestra, he was assistant conductor of the National Repertory Orchestra (Breckenridge, Colo.,) in 2009, and of France’s l’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Massy in the 2005-06 season. Kirov has guest conducted major orchestras in France, Germany, Italy, Greece, the U.S., and his native Bulgaria. His awards include a gold medal in the Claude Kahn International Piano Competition (Paris); third prize in the 2010 Dimitri Mitropoulos Competition for Conductors (Athens); the 2009 Charles Schiff Conducting Award from The Juilliard School; and a Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship from that institution. Kirov was a student of James DePreist in the Orchestral Conducting Program at Juilliard. His teachers have also included Michael Tilson Thomas, George Manahan, Gianluigi Gelmetti, and Dominique Roults.

The Seattle Symphony has also announced that ERIC GARCIA, who was appointed Douglas F. King Assistant Conductor by Music Director Gerard Schwarz and began his tenure last September, will continue in that role for the 2011-12 season.

Posted March 18, 2011