Stefan Milenkovich, violin

Established as one of the great violinists of his generation, Stefan Milenkovich enjoys a prolific career as an internationally sought-after soloist and recitalist, with extraordinary productivity, professionalism, and creativity.

He has appeared on multiple occasions in some of the world’s most celebrated venues such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, London’s Cadogan Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, as well as Italy’s theatres La Fenice (Venice) and San Carlo (Naples). His 2016-17 season included some 50 concerts in Italy alone.

Mr. Milenkovich’s numerous appearances with orchestra include the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Aspen Chamber Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Radio-France, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Mexico State Symphony, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (Brazil), and the Melbourne and Queensland Symphonies (Australia). He has performed under the baton of such conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Lorin Maazel, Vladimir Fedoseyev, and Daniel Oren.

Mr. Milenkovich started his career at a very young age. He performed for President Ronald Reagan at a Christmas concert in Washington, DC, at age 10. The following year, he played for Mikhail Gorbachev in Belgrade, Serbia. At age 14, he played for Pope John Paul II and at age 16, Milenkovich gave his 1000th concert in Monterrey, Mexico. By age 17, he was the winner of The Young Concert Artists International Competition (USA), as well as a prizewinner in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (USA), the Queen Elisabeth Competition (Belgium), Hannover Violin Competition (Germany), Tibor Varga Competition (Switzerland), Rodolfo Lipizer Competition (Italy), Paganini Competition (Italy), Ludwig Spohr Competition (Germany), and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition (England).

Deeply committed to international humanitarian causes, in 2002 Milenkovich received the Lifting Up the World With Oneness Heart award for his humanitarian activities, handed to him personally by the guru Sri Chinmoy. He also participated in a number of gala concerts under the auspices of UNESCO in Paris with such artists as Placido Domingo, Lorin Maazel, Alexis Weissenberg, and Sir Yehudi Menuhin, and was active as the First Child Ambassador during the Balkan wars in the early 90s.

Mr. Milenkovich’s discography includes four commercial releases of the Italian label Dynamic, featuring J. S. Bach Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, Complete Music for Solo Violin–Nicolo Paganini 24 Caprices, Paganini Recital, and Paganini’s In cuor più non mi sento. He has also released numerous recordings for the Yugoslavian label PGP. His most recent CD release includes a First Recording disc with the Manchester Music Festival of Vittorio Giannini’s Piano Trio and Piano Quintet.

Firmly dedicated to pedagogical work, Mr. Milenkovich taught in collaboration with Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School in New York City, and Perlman Music Program, before accepting his current position as an Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the youngest graduate of the Music Academy in Belgrade, Serbia, finishing his Masters' studies at 19 years of age, and completed the Professional Studies program at the Juilliard School in New York City under the tutelage of Dorothy DeLay.

Mr. Milenkovich plays the 1783 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin.