Jeffrey Milarsky

Acclaimed conductor Jeffrey Milarsky, the recipient of the 2013 Ditson Conductor’s Award for the advancement of American music, is known worldwide for his impeccable musicianship and innovative programming. Artistic Director and Chair of the Contemporary Performance Program at Manhattan School of Music, he was cited for his “brilliant accomplishments as a conductor of contemporary music” and “commitment to educating young performers in the contemporary repertoire.” Mr. Milarsky recently conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony. Next season he will debut with the New York Philharmonic, conducting in the 2014-2015 season. In addition, he conducts the Juilliard Orchestra and serves on the conducting faculty at Juilliard. A dedicated pedagogue, he is also the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Percussion Ensemble at Manhattan School of Music; 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 the Juilliard School’s contemporary music ensemble AXIOM. 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.