Stilian Kirov
(c) Chuck Moss

After the unexpected departure  of Music Director Radu Paponiu this spring, the Southwest Florida has appointed the 40-year-old American Stilian Kirov as Interim Artistic Advisor and Principal Conductor.

A prizewinner at Denmark’s 2015 Malko Competition as well as the 2010 Mitropoulos Competition, Stilian Kirov is currently Music Director of the Illinois Philharmonic and the Bakersfield Symphony.

Kirov is a graduate of The Juilliard School’s orchestral conducting program, where he was a student of James DePreist.

Also a gifted pianist, Kirov was Gold Medalist of the 2001 Claude Kahn International Piano Competition in Paris.

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