Acclaimed American conductor Jeffrey Milarsky, Artistic Director and Chair of the Contemporary Performance Program at Manhattan School of Music, is known worldwide for his impeccable musicianship 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, Symphony Hall in Boston, and IRCAM in Paris.
In 2012 Mr. Milarsky made his third appearance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducting a Green Umbrella concert. He also made his debut conducting the San Francisco Symphony as part of their American Mavericks program in San Francisco, Michigan, and at Zankel Hall in New York. He will be returning to the West coast to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2014.
A dedicated pedagogue, Mr. Milarsky is also the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Percussion Ensemble at Manhattan School of Music. He is a Senior Lecturer in Music at Columbia University, where he is the Music Director and Conductor of the Columbia University Orchestra, and the Music Director of AXIOM, the Juilliard School’s contemporary music ensemble. In addition, he conducts the Juilliard Orchestra and serves on the conducting faculty at Juilliard.
A much-in-demand timpanist and percussionist, Mr. Milarsky has performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony, among other ensembles, and has been Principal Timpanist for the Santa Fe Opera since 2005. He has recorded extensively for Angel, Bridge, Teldec, Telarc, New World, CRI, MusicMasters, EMI, Koch, and London records.
Mr. 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.