Milen Nachev is a conductor well known for his strong musicality and extensive repertoire of symphonic works, operas, and ballets. A native of Bulgaria, he is a graduate of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, where he earned his master’s degree in symphony and opera conducting. He served as music director and principal conductor of several major Eastern European orchestras, and his recordings have been regularly broadcast by the BBC and Radio France. Since joining Shen Yun in 2012, he has conducted over 700 performances worldwide, including at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Tokyo Opera City, and many other celebrated concert halls.
Dmitry Russu is making his Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra debut. Prior to his post with Shen Yun, he was assistant conductor of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor of the Ulyanovsk State Academic Symphony Orchestra, and guest conducted orchestras throughout the Russian Federation. Holding a master’s degree in orchestral and choral conducting, as well as a doctorate, both from Saint Petersburg Conservatory, he is the first prize winner of the 2013 Ilya Musin National Conducting Competition of Russia.
Composer, conductor, and pianist, Yuan Gao has written or arranged many notable Shen Yun Performing Arts pieces. He is steeped in both the Chinese classical and Western classical music traditions, giving him a rare sensibility very suitable for Shen Yun. Yuan Gao attended the Tianjin Conservatory of Music and was later a piano soloist with the Central (National) Ballet of China before relocating to Australia and then the United States.
Trained in Western and Chinese music, William Kuo has conducted music of a broad range of styles from the Western and Chinese traditions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in dizi (Chinese flute) performance and a master’s degree in orchestral conducting. As the founding conductor of the Taiwan Formosa Chamber Ensemble (Denton, Texas), he has conducted the U.S. premieres of many works by Taiwanese composers.