"Milenkovich brought icy stoicism to the opening of the Allegro Moderato, and poignant ardor to the movement's second theme. His commanding technique was on display throughout, especially in his idiosyncratically inflected cadenza and searing delivery of the coda."
“Violinist Stefan Milenkovich's recital at the Kennedy Center was so disarmingly magical that it is not easy to describe it's glories. This is not so much a matter of a dazzling virtuosity (though he has it all) as of searching musicianship.”
The Washington Post, USA
"The real highlight of the concert was without question Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor with violinist Stefan Milenkovich as soloist. Milenkovich, who made his Utah Symphony debut at this concert, is a remarkable player with fabulous technical acumen and stunning musicality. He brought depth, feeling and intensely focused direction to his performance. His account was stellar as he easily captured the essence of work with his highly refined and stimulating playing. It was an intelligent, perceptive and, above all else, musical account that was as gorgeously lyrical as it was dramatic."
"Milenkovich has it all: the beauty of sound like David Oistrakh, the clarity and logic of the phrase like Henryk Szering, the virtuosity of Jasha Heifetz, the love for the music of Yehudy Menuhin and the humor and joy of Itzhak Perlman."
Die Hannoverishe Zeitung, Germany
"Halfway along life’s path, I found myself at the Philharmonic Concert Hall in Verona, a stone’s throw from the Roman amphitheatre, the famous Arena. Just getting there on a late hot morning feels like the first daunting hurdle of the day. The second challenge was to interview the great violinist Stefan Milenkovich. He was in Italy for this Gala Concert and so it provided the opportunity to meet him. As I had grown up in the musical world of the Trento region, in north eastern Italy, where he had also lived, I’d already heard professionals enthusiastically singing his praises and the appreciative feedback on the character of the man himself; only recently his latest biographies stressed again not only his extraordinary talent but also his innate natural reserve. At the stage door, his agent is waiting for me, the final rehearsal is in progress, “The maestro is warming up”, the door to his dressing room opens and then every single note rings out to its full power. He welcomes me courteously with an old-style kiss on the hand, his manner in no way like some grand star but like a normal person with all the normal baggage of experiences and hard times that can sometimes weigh you down emotionally; then now and again a look escapes his controlled concentration that lets you see the vivaciousness of a young man."
"Violinist Stefan Milenkovich has remarkable control over his instrument and is blessed with superb intonation and what seems like a limitless capacity for sustaining a big, broad, smooth line."
The Los Angeles Times, USA
STEFAN MILENKOVICH: «SONO UN VIOLINISTA FUSION»
In questo numero incontriamo un violinista che l’Italia sembra aver definitivamente “riscoperto”: negli ultimi sei mesi ha tenuto infatti oltre venti concerti in otto regioni italiane. “Riscoperto” perché lui, Stefan Milenkovich, in Italia ha vissuto da ragazzo negli anni Novanta dopo essere fuggito con la famiglia dalla guerra nei Balcani: qui ha imparato benissimo l’italiano, è arrivato secondo al Premio Paganini e ha suonato per Papa Giovanni Paolo II. Nell’intervista di copertina leggerete della vita frenetica di un ex enfant prodige, dei concerti per i Capi di Stato, dell’incontro con Itzhak Perlman, di tango, improvvisazione e… di lanci con il paracadute!
“Agility and precision as if cut with a scalpel, lightning speed, but also musicality: with Milenkovich, Paganini’s universe is not only a technical exploit, but also one of thoughtful expression and stylistic awareness.”
Violinist Stefan Milenkovich released a new CD featuring Johaness Brahms Violin Concerto in D-Major, Op. 77., and Alexander Glazunov Violin Concerto in A-Minor, Op. 82, with RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and conductor En Shao for SKP RTV Slovenia record label. 5-star rated record is available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes.
"Milenkovich is a star, and that's something that comes along only a few times in a century. I may not know much, but I know magic when I hear it."
The Indianapolis Star, USA