Stilian Kirov Biography

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Stilian Kirov is the Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony and has also served as Associate Conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Memphis Youth Symphony Program. He has conducted orchestras around the world, including the Orchestre Colonne (France), Zagreb Philharmonic (Croatia), Lansing Symphony, Orchestra of Colours (Greece), State Hermitage Orchestra (Russia), New World Symphony, Thüringen Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany), National Repertory Orchestra, Sofia Festival Orchestra, Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra “Leopolis” (Ukraine), Amarillo Symphony and the Juilliard Orchestra, among others. After his very successful debut in 2012, Mr. Kirov is also a regular guest conductor for the Pacific Northwest Ballet.

The wide range of Seattle Symphony concerts that Mr. Kirov conducts in 2013/2014 season will include concerts from the Mostly Mozart series, Beyond the Score® series, Discover Music series, Community Concerts and more.  Mr. Kirov has been invited to be a 2013 Conducting Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 2012 he was a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, and in 2010 was awarded the David Effron Conducting Fellowship at the Chautauqua Music Festival, where he has also returned in 2012 as a guest conductor. In 2011, Mr. Kirov 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, Placido Domingo, Montserrat Caballe, Zubin Mehta, Yuri Temirkanov, Mariss Jansons and Yo-Yo Ma.  

Among Stilian Kirov’s numerous awards and prizes are an Emmy Award for the Soundtrack Project with the Memphis Symphony; the Orchestra Preference Award and Third Prize at the 2010 Mitropoulos Conducting Competition; the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship and Charles Schiff Conducting Award for outstanding achievement at The Juilliard School; and France’s 2010 ADAMI Conducting Prize, which culminated in a showcase concert at the Salle Gaveau with Orchestre Colonne in October 2010. Following the successful performance, Mr. Kirov was re-invited to conduct the orchestra’s 2011/2012 Season Opening Concert in Paris.  

Mr. Kirov is a graduate in orchestral conducting of The Juilliard School, where he was a student of James DePreist. He also holds a master's degree from the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, where he studied with Dominique Rouits. He has worked with distinguished conductors such as Kurt Masur, Robert Spano, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gianluigi Gelmetti, George Manahan and Asher Fisch, among others.

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