In The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) on Wednesday (9/10), Nancy Gilson writes that Rossen Milanov, music director of the Princeton (N.J.) Symphony Orchestra and former associate conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, “has signed a four-year contract to become music director of the Columbus Symphony” effective with the 2015-16 season. In 2014-15 he “will conduct two programs.… He previously conducted the symphony in programs in 2012 and this past March.” The Bulgarian-born Milanov, 49, “replaces Canadian conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni, whose contract was not renewed last year by mutual agreement between the conductor and symphony officials.” Columbus Symphony Chair Lisa Barton “called Milanov an ‘exceptional artist and an exceptional leader.’ … Jesse Rosen, president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, agreed. Milanov, he said, is a ‘first-rate musician with an extraordinary pedigree.’ ” Milanov, commenting on the orchestra’s affiliation with Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, “praised CAPA’s governance and its encouragement of performing-arts collaborations such as the ‘Twisted’ program, involving the orchestra, BalletMet and Opera Columbus. ‘I want to be part of more collaborative efforts,’ he said. ‘I’m interested in employing modern technology, social media.’ ”  

Posted September 10, 2014