Stefan MilenkovichAssociate Professor of Violin
Violinist Stefan Milenkovich is recognized internationally for both exceptional artistry and his life-long commitment to humanitarianism. He came to international attention when at age 10, he was invited to perform for the late U.S. President, Ronald Reagan, at the White House "Christmas Show." This performance was followed by an invitation from the former Soviet President, Mikhail Gorbachev, to perform in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He has also performed twice for Pope John Paul II in Castelgandolfo, Italy. His international orchestral appearances include the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Belgrade Philharmonic, Orchestra of Radio-France, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Aspen Chamber Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Mexico State Symphony, Orquestra Sinfonica de Estado de Sao Paolo in Brazil, and Melbourne and Queensland Symphonies in Australia.
He has worked with such renowned conductors as Lorin Maazel, Daniel Oren, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Lu Jia, Lior Shambadal, and En Shao, among others. In 2002, he was proclaimed "Artist of the 20th Century" in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Mr. Milenkovich is deeply committed to international humanitarian causes. He was appointed "Child Ambassador" of the First Children Embassy founded in Medjasi, Yugoslavia, during the war in Bosnia. In 2002, he received the "Lifting Up the World With Oneness Heart" award for his humanitarian activities, handed to him personally by the guru Sri Chinmoy. Most recently, he received the 2003 "Most Humane Person" award in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. 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 Yehudi Menuhin. Mr. Milenkovich's 2005-06 orchestral season included appearances with the St. Petersburg State Orchestra, Saarbrucken Radio-Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Symphoniker, Orchestra of Rome and Lazio, Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Key West Symphony, Georgia and Rome Philharmonics, and Ljubljana Symphony Orchestra. Other engagements include performances at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and Vail Music Festival in Colorado. An avid chamber musician, he performs regularly at the Jupiter Chamber Music Series in New York City, and with the Corinthian Piano trio featuring pianist Adam Neiman and cellist Ani Aznavoorian. Mr. Milenkovich also appeared with Itzhak Perlman at the Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island, Long Island, where he served on the violin faculty from 2000-2004.
Mr. Milenkovich started his career at a very young age, performing with his first orchestra at the age of five. At age 7, he won the grand prize at the Jaroslav Kozian International Violin Competition. This unprecedented accomplishment opened opportunities and invitations to perform concerts in over 30 countries. At the age of 16, Mr. Milenkovich played his 1000th concert in Monterrey, Mexico. That same year, he was either a prizewinner or finalist in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (USA), 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). Mr. Milenkovich's discography includes 4 commercial releases on the Italian label Dynamic, and numerous recordings for the Yugoslavian label, PGP.