Biography

Milan Milisavljević is Principal Viola with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Dubbed “the engine propelling the performance forward” by the New York Classical Review, his performances combine intense expression with an immediate and profound link to the listener 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, released by Delos Music, has received glowing reviews, with the recording of A. Khachaturian’s Solo Sonata on the album hailed as “definitive”. 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 Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Augustin Hadelich, Cho-Liang Lin, Joseph Kalichstein, members of the Guarneri and Mendelssohn String Quartets, and many others.

Milan has been heard worldwide on countless recordings and broadcasts of the MET. He previously served as its Assistant Principal Viola for eleven seasons. Formerly of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, he has served as guest Principal Viola of many orchestras, such as the Toronto Symphony.

Milan is on the viola faculty at Mannes School of Music as well as New York University. He has coached violists in masterclasses at universities and conservatories worldwide, such as at the Juilliard School and the Rubin Academy of Music, as well as at Verbier Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and as a volunteer at Ecole de musique St-Trinite in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Deeply committed to works of underrepresented composers, Milan gave the world premiere of Afro-Cuban composer Leo Brouwer’s Solo Viola Sonata in 2020, and regularly performs new music by Ana Sokolovic, Jessie Montgomery and others.

Milan’s teachers include Jutta Puchhammer, Atar Arad, James Dunham, Nobuko Imai and Samuel Rhodes. Milan is also increasingly in demand as a conductor.

You may contact Milan HERE.