Svetoslav Stoyanov

Born: Sofia, Bulgaria

 “To me , surrealism in art is what progressive rock is in music, no rules no restrictions, but only freedom of thought ”
Svetoslav Stoyanov

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Svetoslav Stoyanov is the Director and Associate Professor of Percussion Studies at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami, where he has collaboratively built a most unique and innovative modern percussion program. Praised by the New York Times for his “understated but unmistakable virtuosity” along with a “winning combination of gentleness and fluidity,” Svet Stoyanov is a driving force in modern percussion.

Winner of the prestigious Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Mr. Stoyanov was most recently presented with the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Award. His career highlights feature solo concerto appearances with the Chicago, Seattle, and the American Symphony Orchestras, as well as solo performances in Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and Taiwan National Concert Hall amongst many others worldwide. Some of the conductors he has performed with include James Conlon, Gerard Schwarz, Oliver Knussen, Marin Alsop and Pierre Boulez.

Svet Stoyanov has recorded with numerous labels, featuring Telarc, Naxos and Bridge Records. His recent albums “Percussive Counterpoint”, as well as “Textures and Threads” were broadcast internationally and applauded for their artistic integrity, virtuosic ingenuity and excellent quality. Mr. Stoyanov’s upcoming recording projects feature an original concept audio-visual album, as well as a record, celebrating the music of his native country: Bulgaria.

A passionate advocate for contemporary music, Svet Stoyanov has commissioned a significant body of solo and chamber works. Most recently, American Rome Prize winner Andy Akiho completed a work for Mr. Stoyanov and his Time Travelers Percussion Project, called Pillar IV. The work was recently premiered to great acclaim in New York’s National Sawdust.

A significant recent collaboration of Mr. Stoyanov is the commission of “Sideman” – a percussion concerto written for him by the composer and musical mastermind Mason Bates. The concerto was already performed in Miami and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. This season Mr. Stoyanov will perform the piece again in Miami, Kansas and Baltimore and will also record it for upcoming release.

Mr. Stoyanov endorses some of the finest percussion instruments and products today, namely Adams, Remo, Zildjian, Pearl and Vic Firth. Svet Stoyanov has performed in more than one thousand recitals and has presented over one hundred masterclasses worldwide. His artistic mission is committed to the purity, quality and virtue of music.