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Violinist to perform in place of Les Amies trio

CLEMSON — Violinist Stefan Milenkovich will perform at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts in place of chamber music trio Les Amies, which postponed its concert due to illness. His free performance, part of the Utsey Chamber Music Chamber Series, will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 3.

“We are disappointed that Les Amies can’t perform in Clemson this season, but it’s our hope that the trio will play here in the near feature,” said Lillian Harder, director of the Clemson University performing arts center. “Meanwhile, we are extremely grateful that Stefan Milenkovich — one of the premiere violinists of our time — is able to perform on such short notice.”?Recognized internationally for his exceptional artistry, Milenkovich came to prominence at the age of 10 when he was invited to perform for President Ronald Reagan at the annual White House “Christmas Show.” Shortly afterward, he was invited by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev to perform in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.?A child protégé, Milenkovich started his career at a young age, performing with his first orchestra at the age of 5. Two years later, he won the grand prize at the Jaroslav Kozian International Violin Competition. This unprecedented accomplishment set the stage for numerous performances in more than 30 countries. At 16, he performed his 1000th concert in Monterrey, Mexico, and that same year, he was a prize winner or finalist at several prestigious competitions, including the International Violin Competition (USA) the Queen Elisabeth Competition (Belgium), Hannover Violin Competition (Germany), Paganini Competition (Italy) and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition (England).?“Stefan has been compared to Jascha Heifetz, Yehudi Menuhin and Itzak Perlman,” said Harder. “He’s a stellar musician who possesses superb intonation, superior technique and sublime artistry.”?In addition to the recently added Clemson performance, Milenkovich’s 2007-2008 season features engagements with several outstanding ensembles, among them the Sejong Soloists, the New Sofia Festival Orchestra and the Sinfonia da Camera. An avid chamber musician, he performs regularly on the Jupiter Chamber Music Series in New York and with the Corinthian Piano trio, featuring pianist Adam Neiman and cellist Ani Aznavoorian.?Milenkovich has released numerous recordings. His latest projects include recording two violin concertos by Karol Szymanowsky and completing a DVD documentary about his life. He is a member of the violin faculty at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division and is a professor of violin at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.?For more information about Stefan Milenkovich’s performance, go to www.clemson.edu/Brooks. Information is also available by calling the Brooks Center box office at (864) 656-7787 from 1 to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.