Blair Milton joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1975, and became a founding member of the Evanston Chamber Ensemble four years later. As the originator of the Winter Chamber Music Festival, he has performed with Daniel Barenboim, Gil Shaham, Menahem Pressler, Yo-Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell and János Starker, among others. He has appeared on the chamber music series of the CSO and the Ravinia Festival, as soloist with the Chicago String Ensemble and with the CSO conducted by Sir Georg Solti.
A member of Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music violin faculty since 1984, Milton is also director of its Summer Violin Institute.
Blair Milton has given master classes across the United States, as well as in South America, Germany and Japan. A student of Josef Gingold at Indiana University, where he earned a master’s degree, Milton also studied with Ivan Galamian and former CSO concertmaster Sidney Harth.