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  • Milan Milisavljevic


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    Milan Milisavljevic


    "Acclaimed violist Milan Milisavljević is Principal Viola with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. His performances combine intense expression with an immediate and profound link to his audiences and have won much critical acclaim.

    The Strad magazine has described his playing as “very imaginative, with a fine, cultured tone.” Milan’s solo album Sonata-Song, published by Delos Music, has received glowing reviews, with the recording of A. Khachaturian’s solo sonata hailed as “definitive”. He has won prizes at competitions such as ARD, Lionel Tertis and Aspen Lower Strings and has performed at Marlboro, Cascade Head, Lake Tahoe, Agassiz and Grand Teton music festivals. Milan has appeared as soloist throughout the world, with orchestras such as the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic, Aspen Sinfonia, Classical Tahoe, Orquesta Filarmónica de Boca del Río and many others.

    As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with members of the Guarneri and Mendelssohn String Quartets, as well as Joseph Kalichstein, Sergiu Luca, Cho-Liang Lin and many others. He has been heard worldwide on countless recordings and broadcasts of the Met. Milan has served as Artist-in-Residence with the American Viola Society and is a Larsen Strings Artist.

    Deeply interested in education, Milan has coached violists in masterclasses at universities and conservatories worldwide, such as at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv, the Juilliard School and most major music schools in the United States, as well as at the Verbier Music Festival, and as a volunteer at Ecole de musique St-Trinite in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Milan started playing the violin at a very young age in his native Serbia. Having immigrated to Canada, he studied violin with Vladimir Landsman and viola with Jutta Puchhammer in Montreal. His major viola teachers also include Atar Arad, James Dunham, Nobuko Imai and Samuel Rhodes. Milan previously served as Assistant Principal of the MET for twelve years. In addition, he is a former member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and has served as guest Principal Viola of many orchestras, such as the Toronto Symphony."

    Degrees Held

    DMA, Rice University

    M.Mus. Indiana University 

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