A native of Bulgaria, Milena Rusanova joined the Mississippi Symphony in January, 2010.
Rusanova began studying the violin at age of five at the School of the Arts in Ruse, Bulgaria. She graduated from the Bulgarian National Conservatory with a Bachelor’s Degree and from the Southeastern Louisiana University with a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance. Ms. Rusanova’s principal teachers include Dr. Yakov Voldman and Professor Espen Lillenslatten. While pursuing her Master’s Degree, Milena was a finalist of the MTNA Young Artist Competition in Canada, Toronto. In 2008 she was one of the winners of the Monroe Young Concerto Competition and Southeastern Concerto Competition, performing with the orchestra as her prize.
Milena has participated at different music festivals and concert series, including the Klavier Chamber Music in Reichenay, Austria, Las Vegas and Aspen Music Festival and also performed with different orchestras: Baton Rouge Symphony, Acadiana Symphony, Mobile Symphony Orchestras.
Ms. Milena has a great passion for teaching and is part of the MSO string program, teaching at several elementary schools.
Larry & Michael Johnson Family Foundation Chair*