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 and new music, Svet Stoyanov has commissioned a significant body of solo and chamber works. This is a commitment he considers essential to his role as a musician. Upcoming commissions and premieres by Mr. Stoyanov feature the works of John Psathas (composer of music for the 2004 Olympic games in Athens), Rome Prize recent winner Andy Akiho and Paola Prestini. Most recently Svet Stoyanov presented the world premiere of “Sideman” – a percussion concerto written for him by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Composer-in-Residence and musical mastermind: Mason Bates. Upcoming events for Mr. Stoyanov feature numerous concerto performances of “Sideman”, as well as collaborations with Marc-André Hamelin, Quattro Mani and Original Music Workshop, amongst others.
Alongside his diverse performance career, Svet 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. 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.