1974 Susan Milan was appointed Principal Flute of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra where she remained for eight years until her first son was one year old. Since then she has continued to have a multi-dimensional career as an orchestral guest principal, chamber musician, soloist, teacher and lecturer. In Great Britain she has performed concertos with all the major orchestras and she tours frequently throughout Europe, USA, Australia and the Far East.
She has given numerous world and UK premières and has inspired contemporary composers to write for her, among them Richard Rodney Bennett, Antal Dorati, Carl Davis, Jindrich Feld, Edwin Roxburgh, Robert Saxton, Ole Schmidt, Brian Lock, Robert Simpson and Cecilia McDowall. She has recorded the Schmidt Concerto for the Da Capo label.
Recent commissions and dedications include a concerto from American composer Keith Gates, “Oiseau Soleil” by Jean Sichler, and three works by British composers “The Moon Dances” by Cecilia McDowall, the Flute Sonata by Brian Lock and “Octagon” by Ian Finney. Susan Milan is often heard on the BBC and Classic FM and has previously recorded for Chandos, Hyperion, Omega, Da Capo, Upbeat and Cala labels.
In the chamber music field, Susan has formed the Debussy Ensemble (flute, viola and harp) and The London Chamber Music Group featuring flute, oboe, violin, viola, cello, piano and harp. With members of the LCMG, she has recorded the chamber music of Eugene Goossens for the Chandos label. She has also formed the Milan Trio, with her second son, Christopher Jepson, who plays the cello, and the pianist Andrew Ball.
Susan is a Professor of the Royal College of Music, where she was herself a scholar from the age of 16. She was awarded a Fellowship of the RCM in 1999. She is Artistic Director of the Charterhouse International Music Festival in the UK and in 2007 she was appointed adjunct Professor of Woodwind and Chamber Music at the Heman University in Central China.