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Milen Kirov was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria to a family of musicians. He attended the Plovdiv Academy of Music, Dance, and Art where he studied piano with Professor George Petrov, student of Olivier Messiaen, and with Professor George Kanev, graduate of the Moscow Conservatory. In 1998 Milen moved to the United States where he continued his studies at California Institute of the Arts receiving a Bachelor's degree in piano performance and studying piano with Dr. Vicki Ray and composition with David Rosenboom. Milen also holds a Master's degree in composition from California State University, Northridge, where he studied with Dr. Liviu Marinescu and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performer-composer, also from CalArts.
Milen Kirov has won awards both as a pianist and a composer from numerous competitions including the Bulgarian National Radio Composition Competition; Bulgarian National Competition "Sv. Obretenov" – Provadia; MTNA Competition – Nevada; Reno Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition; the Liberace Scholarship Competition; and the J. Huntzinger Concerto Competition. Milen has performed throughout Bulgaria, Greece, Germany, France, Canada, the United States, and is also active as a composer writing for the stage, film and multimedia. He has released multiple recordings on his own Luta Rakia Music label and has appeared on numerous other recordings. His music has been featured on more than 20 radio and TV stations throughout the US, England, Scotland, Germany, and Bulgaria.
Milen has been a guest soloist with the UNLV Symphony Orchestra, and has led composition seminars at University of California, Santa Cruz and world music seminars at California Institute of the Arts, California State University, Northridge, and University of California, Santa Barbara to name a few. He has performed and/or recorded with Long Beach Opera, Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction), Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty), James Gadson (Herbie Hancock), Miroslav Tadic, Arthur Jarvinen, and Steve Madaio (Stevie Wonder) among others. Currently, Milen Kirov maintains a very active composing, teaching, and performing schedule, frequently giving concerts as a soloist or with his 11-piece Balkan brass ensemble "Orkestar MÉZÉ."