Prof. Milko Kersten

Prof. Milko Kersten

Milko Kersten was born in 1965 in Berlin and is a conductor and educator for orchestra at the Heinrich Schütz Conservatory Dresden. He was a member of the Dresdner Kreuzchor and studied conducting, choir direction and piano at the Carl Maria von Weber College of Music Dresden.

After his engagement as chief conductor at the Theater Zwickau, he returned to Dresden and has been working with different ensembles ever since, for example with the Sinfonietta Dresden during a concert cycle called “Spannungen”, which compared Mozart’s concerti for piano to contemporary works from Austria and Hungary.

In 1996, he started teaching at the Carl Maria von Weber College of Music, where he successfully conducted several opera productions – including Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito and Puschkin’s Onegin. In October 2013, he was appointed honorary professor.

Since 1997, he has been conducting the Dresdner Jugendsinfonieorchester and the junior orchestra of the Heinrich Schütz Conservatory.

In 1999, Kersten was a guest conductor at the Landesjugendorchester Sachsen and was appointed as its Artistic Director in September 2000. They have travelled to Cyprus, South Africa, Russia, China and Peru and regularly appear on the MDR. In 2003, he conducted the Dresden Philharmonic for the first time and has been returning on a regular basis ever since.

In autumn 2010, Milko Kersten conducted a concert with the ensemble Chorus 116 and decided – due to the warm welcome and artistic harmony – to take over its direction. With highly acclaimed performances of Bach’s St. John Passion, Dvorak’s Stabat Maters, or Haydn’s The Creation, Kersten and the Chorus 116 have been able to implement a unique interpretative approach in the choral-symphonic repertoire and continue to offer an unmatched listening experience to the audience.