American conductor Jeffrey Milarsky is highly acclaimed worldwide for his impeccable musicianship, exhilarating presence and innovative programming. His wide ranging repertoire, which spans from Bach to Xenakis, has brought him to lead such accomplished groups as the San Francisco Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, MET Chamber Ensemble, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, New York City Opera, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New World Symphony, Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic chamber music series. In the United States and abroad, he has premiered and recorded works by many groundbreaking contemporary composers, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and at IRCAM in Paris.
Mr. Milarsky made his conducting debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic during the 2011-12 season and has returned every season since. He is scheduled to conduct concerts again with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in May of 2014 in a program of Messiaen, Lindberg and Birtwistle. In 2012, Mr. Milarsky conducted the San Francisco Symphony in San Francisco, Michigan, and at Carnegie Hall in New York. He has also lead orchestras in Norway, Italy and Paris.
In 2015, Mr. Milarsky will make his New York Philharmonic debut, conducting at the CONTACT series a Japanese based program including music of Toru Takemitsu, Olivier Messiaen, Dai Fujikura, and Misato Mochizuki.
A dedicated pedagogue, Mr. Milarsky is Senior Lecturer in Music at Columbia University, where he is the Music Director and Conductor of the Columbia University Orchestra. In addition to conducting the Juilliard Orchestra, he is the Music Director of AXIOM, The Juilliard School’s critically acclaimed contemporary music ensemble, as well as serving on the conducting faculty at Juilliard.
Mr. Milarsky has a long history of premiering, recording and performing American composers. His interest and dedication has brought forth collaborations with esteemed composers such as Crumb, Cage, Carter, Shapey, Wuorinen, Lang, Gordon, Lerdahl, Moravec, Corigliano, Beaser, Babbitt, Adler, Rouse, Davidovsky, Mackey, Subotnick, Druckman, Foss, Dawe, and an entire generation of young and developing composers. Recently, Mr. Milarsky was awarded the prestigious Ditson Conductor's Award which was established in 1945, and is the oldest award honoring conductors for their commitment to the performance of American music.
A much-in-demand timpanist and percussionist, Mr. Milarsky has been the Principal Timpanist for the Santa Fe Opera since 2005. In addition, he has performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony. He has recorded extensively for Angel, Bridge, Teldec, Telarc, New World, CRI, MusicMasters, EMI, Koch, and London records. Milarsky received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Peter Mennin Prize for outstanding leadership and achievement in the arts.
He is a 1984 graduate of Central High School (Philadelphia).
- Tiffany Martini. State of the Art, Strings Magazine, August/September 2006, No. 141