Prof. Angel Stankov

Angel Stankov has graduated from the Bulgarian State Music Academy in the violin classes of Prof. Leon Souroujon and Prof. Vladimir Avramov. Upon renowned violinist Ruggiero Ricci’s recommendation he specialized in London under the tuition of Prof. Manoug Parikian and later of Prof. Yfrah Neaman. As a soloist, chamber music player, concertmaster of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor, he has been and continues to take an active part in Bulgaria’s music life and to represent Bulgarian culture in all parts of the world. He has been a Professor in jhe Sofia State Music Academy Pancho Vladigerov since 1996. Since 1999 to 2008 he has been Deputy Rector. He has performed in most European countries, the USA, Russia, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore and Cuba and has also played in some of the most prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall – New York, Kennedy Center – Washington, Gewandhaus – Leipzig, Moscow Conservatory Hall, Izumi Hall – Osaka, Suntory Hall – Tokyo, Nice – Opera and others.

Together with his violin partner of 25 years Yosif Radionov he has won numerous prizes: Golden Lyre of the Union of Bulgarian Musicians, Prize for Great Artistic Achievements at the XII Youth Festival – Moscow, 100 Years Bela Bartok, I Prize and Gold Medal at the I International Chamber Music Festa in Osaka’93. He has made many recordings for the Bulgarian Radio and Television, BBC – London, the Hague Radio, Prague Radio, Russian end French TV, Yomiuri Television, Radio NHK – Japan, etc. He has recorded numerous black records, tapes wnd CDs.

As a conductor Angel Stankov has studied with Bulgaria’s distinguished conductors Hristo Ivanov, Dobrin Petkov and Assen Naidenov. He has conducted numerous chamber orchestras and visited several Philharmonic orchestras throughout the country and abroad.

Angel Stankov has also made other interesting concerts such as The British Music You Like, with the assistance of the British Council – Sofia. In 1999-2000 season he conducted the complete cycle of all Beethoven’s symphonies, which was dedicated to the 230th anniversary of the composer’s birth and the 50th anniversary of the founding of the European Union. The performance was sponsored by the European Commission. The IX Symphony has broadcast on Bulgarian National Television on May 9, 2000 – the Day of Europe. Stankov has also started the interesting cycle: Winners of International Competitions from the Balcan Countries.

As a conductor he has recorded several CDs with music by Walter Angerer der Jungere and other mixed programs. In 2001 he conducted the concert marking the 10th anniversary of the British Council – Sofia in the presence of HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York.

Ahgel Stankov has been invited both as a member and chairman of the juries at HELEXPO and the Panhellenic violin competitions in Greece and a number of other national competitions. He has also served in the jury for Concert Diploma competition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama – London.

He is listed in the Who Is Who in Music reference book of the Cambridge Biographical Institute.

“Angel Stankov is not only a promising violinist but he possesses great sensibility and certain nobility of character, which mark the true musician.”

Lord Yehudi Menuhin      

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