On Stage: Third candidate for WVSO conductor slot takes up the baton in Charleston

WVSO Conductor Candidate Stilian Kirov (Courtesy: WVSO)

Stilian Kirov is the third of six music director and conductor candidates to hoist the baton and lead the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

And just as the two artists before him, Kirov spent the week in Charleston meeting various groups and getting to know the area before the symphony's weekend performances.

"It's always a little bit like a first date," Kirov said. "So you arrive and you never know, it's like a blind first date. You never know what the relationship will be and how it will begin. But so far we have been having a wonderful time And I think the key is always to go for the music in terms of what you demand and in terms of how we react. And everybody here is very excited to make beautiful music. They're great artists so I'm very lucky to be here this week."

Kirov graduated from the Juilliard School and has worked with several high profile orchestras, including a successful tenure as the Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony.

He says music offers him a chance to share both art and joy.

"I really don't think of it as a competition," Kirov said. "Music is not a competition. Music is a way for us to connect together. And for me that is a great week in terms of having the opportunity to meet new friends with great music."

The WV Symphony Orchestra Capitol Conference Series Presents:
"The Search Continues: Stilian Kirov"
Conducting Candidate: Stilian Kirov
Guest Artist: Martin Chalifour, violin

Kirov will lead the orchestra in the iconic Stravinsky Firebird Suite, Borodin’s Prince Igor Overture, and Vaughan Williams’ lush Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. Guest violinist, Martin Chalifour, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will perform the Brahms Violin Concerto.

Sat, November 12 at 7:30 pm
Charleston, WV – Clay Center

Sun, November 13 at 3:00 pm
Parkersburg, WV – Blennerhassett School

Tickets start at $10 in Charleston, WV
Tickets available at or 304.561.3570

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