Biography of Stefan Milenković

Data/Images/stefan_slika_s.jpgViolinist Stefan Milenković is known not only for his extraordinary musical talent, but also for his serious humanitarian engagement. He was only ten years old when he was invited to play for the former US President Ronald Reagan at a Christmas concert in the White House, which launched him to fame. After that, he played for the former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev, and performed twice in front of Pope John Paul II.

On his international tours, Stefan has performed with many famous orchestras such as the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Belgrade Philharmonic, the Orchestra of Radio-France, the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Aspen Chamber Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Mexico State Symphony, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Estado de Sao Paolo, as well as the Melbourne, and Queensland Symphonies. He has worked with many renowned conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Daniel Oren, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Lu Jia, Lior Sambadal, and En Sao. In 2002, Stefan was awarded the flattering title of the best artist of the 20th century in Belgrade.

Stefan Milenković began his career when only a child: he first appeared as a soloist with an orchestra when he was only five years old. Two years later, he won the First Prize at the Jaroslav Kozian International Violin Competition. Due to this early success, Stefan was invited to perform in over thirty countries. At age sixteen, Stefan held his 1000th concert at Monterrey, Mexico. Since then, Stefan didn't know for failures, becoming either the winner or the finalist of many prestigious international competitions, such as the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (USA), the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium, the Hannover International Violin Competition (Germany), the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition (Switzerland), the International Violin Competition Rodolfo Lipizer (Italy), the Paganini Violin Competition (Italy), etc.

Stefan is known for his deep commitment to humanitarian causes. During the war in Bosnia, he was named the children's ambassador of the First Children's Embassy in the World in Međaši, Yugoslavia. In 2002, Stefan received the award For the Better World with an Open Heart from Guru Sri Chinmoy, whereas a year later, he was awarded the Most Human Person in Belgrade. He participated in numerous gala concerts organized by UNESCO in Paris alongside names such as Placido Domingo, Lorin Maazel, Alexis Wiessenberg, and Yehudi Menuhin.

Stefan's discography includes four commercial releases for the Italian record label Dinamic, as well as numerous releases for the Serbian record label PGP. Apart from his engagement as a university professor at the prestigious Julliard School in New York, he's been recently appointed associate professor of violin at the University of Illinois.


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