Stefan Milenkovich violinist, is recognized internationally for both exceptional artistry and his life-long commitment to humanitarianism.
STEFAN MILENKOVICH, violin
Serbia’s Artist of the Century, Most Humane Person, and Brand Personality of the Year, violinist Stefan Milenkovich enjoys a prolific career as an internationally sought-after soloist and recitalist, with an extraordinary productive longevity, professionalism and creativity.
Milenkovich’s 2018 – 19 season includes performances with Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana (Italy), New Jersey Festival Orchestra (USA), Orchestra Camera di Perugia (Italy), as well as regular performances in recital with pianist Rohan De Silva. Recent performances include collaboration with Utah Symphony Orchestra (USA), Prague Symphony Orchestra (Czech Republic), Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra (USA), Oklahoma City Symphony Orchestra (USA), Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (Italy), Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra (Croatia) and Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra (Slovenia).
Established as one of the great violinists of his generation, Milenkovich appeared on multiple occasions in some of the world’s most celebrated venues such as Carnegie Hall, New York City (USA), Kennedy Center, Washington (USA), Cadogan Hall, London (UK), Suntory Hall, Tokyo (Japan), as well as Italy’s theatres La Fenice, Venice, San Carlo, Naples, and Petruzzelli, Bari. His numerous appearances with orchestra include 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 Sinfonica de Estado de Sao Paolo, and the Melbourne and Queensland Symphonies, and has performed under the baton of such conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Lorin Maazel, Vladimir Fedoseyev, and Daniel Oren.
Milenkovich started his career at a very young age. He performed for U.S. 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 Heartaward 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 early 90’.
As a musician of broad stylistic interests, Milenkovich performed with five-time Grammy Nominee rock band Gorillaz in one of the world’s most renowned venues – Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York City. The critically acclaimed performance was featured live on MTV. Recent collaborations include performances with Grammy Award Nominee lutist Edin Karamazov, as well as a musical partnership with guitarist Vlatko Stefanovski and his trio, where Milenkovich explored the realm of improvisation and acoustic-electric violin.
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 Capricci, N. Paganini Recital, and N. Paganini In cuor piu non mi sento. He also released numerous recordings for the Yugoslavian label, PGP. Milenkovich’s 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, Milenkovich taught in collaboration with Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School in New York City, NY, and Perlman Music Program, before accepting his current position as an Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Milenkovich is still the youngest graduate of the Music Academy in Belgrade, Serbia, finishing his Masters’ studies at 19 years of age, and has completed the Professional Studies program at the Juilliard School in New York City, NY under tutelage of Mrs. Dorothy DeLay.
Milenkovich plays a 1783 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin.
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STEFAN MILENKOVIĆ – reviews
” Serbian-Italian virtuoso Stefan Milenkovich offered a stellar rendition of Sibelius’ warhorse. Milenkovich brought icy stoicism to the opening of the Allegro moderato, and poignant ardor to the movement’s second theme. His commanding technique was on display throughout, especially in his idiosyncratically inflected cadenza and searing delivery of the coda. Milenkovich’s concentrated tone leant itself well to the emotional vehemence of the Adagio di molto, and his hooked bowing in the finale was snappy and buoyant. “
– Chicago Classical Review
“Violinist Stefan Milenkovich’s recital at the Kennedy Center was so disarmingly magical that it is not easy to describe it’s glories. Milenkovich is clearly at the treshold of a major career. This is not so much a matter of a dazzling virtuosity ( though he has it all) as of searching musicianship.”
– The Washington Post
“Milenkovich has it all: the beauty of sound like David Oistrakh, the clearity and logic of the phrase like Henryk Szering, the virtuosity of Jasha Heifetz, the love for the music like Yehudy Menuhin and the humor and joy of Itzak Perlman.”
– Die Hannoverishe Zeitung
” Milenkovich is a star, and that’s something that comes along only a few times in a century. I may not know much, but I know magic when I hear it.”
– The Indianapolis Star
“The 24-year-old Belgrade-born violinist Stefan Milenkovich has remarkable control over his instrument and is blessed with superb intonation and what seems like a limitless capacity for sustaining a big, broad, smooth line.”
– The Los Angeles Times
” Milenkovich’s recital at the 92nd Street Y was impressive. He is a stunning virtuoso.”
” Milenkovich won me over as the most exciting talent the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis has ever brought to my attention.”
– The Indianapolis Star
New York Times – SYMPHONY CHAMBER PLAYERS, June 26, 2017
In a bit of luxury casting, the Serbian violin virtuoso Stefan Milenkovich joined string groups in a quintet by Louis Spohr and a quartet by Beethoven at the ensemble’s recent concert in Christ and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on the Upper West Side. Mr. Milenkovich provided strong leadership in both works, but the most delicious moment came in the third-movement Allegretto of Beethoven’s Quartet No.8, with its incorporation of a Russian theme. Mr. Milenkovich seemed to celebrate his Slavic origins with special relish in a delightful reading. JAMES R. OESTREICH
With super tone and a firm command of the technical challenges involved, Milenkovich was strong in the dramatic segments and meltingly persuasive in the songful middle movement. His superb fingering resulted in an electrifying conclusion of both soloist and the well-conducted orchestra.
John Frayne, The News-Gazzette, March 8, 2018
STEFAN MILENKOVIĆ – repertoire
Solistički repertoar uz orkestar
Concerto No. 1 in a minor, BWV 1041
Concerto No.2 in E major, BWV 1042
Concerto for Two Violins BWV 1043 in D minor
Concerto in D minor BWV 1052
Serenade, after Plato’s Symposium (1954)
Poeme, op. 25
Concerto in d minor
Concerto No. 5 in A major, K 219
Adagio in E Major, K 261
Rondo in B-flat Major, K 261a
Rondo in C Major, K 373
Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 6
Concerto No. 2 in b minor “La Campanella”
Sarasate, Pablo de
Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20
Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25
Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43
Concerto in d minor, op. 47
Concerto No. 5
Legende Op. 17
Three Pieces from Schindler’s List
Concerto No. 2
Violin Concerto Op. 14
Concerto in D major op.77
Concerto for Violin and Cello, Op. 102
Concerto in A minor
Haydn, Franz Joseph
Concerto in C major, Hob. VIIa: 1
Violin Concerto, Op. 35
Concerto No. 1 in Bb major, K. 207, Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 211
Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216
Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218
Cuatro estaciónes porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires)
Fantaisie de Concert, op. 33
Rondo in A Major, D 438
Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35
Serenade Melancolique, op. 26
Waltz – Scherzo, op. 34
Meditation D minor
The Four Seasons, op. 8, Nos. 1-4
Violin Concerto in A Minor RV356
Concerto for Two Violins in A Minor RV522
Concerto for 4 Violins in B minor RV 580
Concerto in D major, op. 61
Romance for Vio
lin and Orchestra No. 1 in G major, Op. 40
Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in F Major, Op. 50
Concerto No. 1 in g minor, op. 26
Concerto No. 2 in d minor, op. 44, Scottish Fantasy Op. 46
Concerto in a minor op.82
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in e minor, op. 64
Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra in d minor
Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings in D minor, MWV O4 (1823)
Concerto No. 1 in D major, op. 19
Concerto No. 2 in g minor, op. 63
Concerto No. 3 in b minor, op. 61
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, op. 28
Havanaise, Op. 83
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in a minor, Op. 77
The Lark Ascending
Concerto No. 2 in d minor, op.22
Polonaise No. 1 in D major, op. 21