Stilian Kirov
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The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra hired Stilian Kirov (*1985) as Music Director, effective June 1, 2017. The Bulgarian-born Juilliard graduate holds a master’s degree in conducting from the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris and currently serves as Music Director for Symphony in C (New Jersey) and Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra (California).

In addition, Kirov is a recipient of the 2016 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award and is a 2015 Malko Competition prize winner. His previous symphonic appointments include Seattle Symphony (Associate Conductor), Memphis Symphony (Associate Conductor), Memphis Youth Symphony Program (Music Director) and Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Assistant Conductor under Bernard Haitink), among others.

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