Milana Elise Reiche is a member of the Minnesota Orchestra first violin section and has served in both first and second violin sections since joining the Orchestra in 1995. She was concertmaster of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra from 2005-2010. She regularly participates in Minnesota Orchestra’s chamber music series. Each summer she attends the Sun Valley Summer Music festival in Sun Valley, Idaho, and the Steamboat Springs festival in Colorado.
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Reiche holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of Minnesota, where her principal teachers were Roland and Almita Vamos. She studied with Sidney Harth at Yale University, receiving a master of music degree. Reiche has participated in several prestigious music festivals, including the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, Tanglewood, Schleswig-Holstein and Meadowmount, as well as the American Soviet Youth Orchestra. She regularly works with IRIS Orchestra under conductor Michael Stern, and she has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and New York Philharmonic.
Prior to joining the Minnesota Orchestra, Reiche was concertmaster of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. She has appeared as soloist with the New World Symphony, the Cheyenne Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. She has participated in numerous recording projects including two promotional discs for Baker Associates, Inc. of Minneapolis and Prince.