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"...understated but unmistakable virtuosity..." - The New York Times

"...winning combination of gentleness and fluidity..." - The New York Times

"...a marimba virtuoso..." - The Washington Post

"...brought a combination of dazzle, grace and total assurance to the demanding solo parts..." - Baltimore Sun

"...Stoyanov... gave his extended solo visceral excitement, not only aurally but visually, as his mallets moved seemingly at the speed of light across the skins of seven drums..." - Seattle Post-Intelligencer



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.


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Upcoming Events - 2017


January 8, Naples, FL

Svet Stoyanov and Friends @ CAPA Cultural and Perfomring Arts Center



January 15, Miami Beach, FL

NuDeco Ensemble @ The New World Center



January 29, Miami, FL

Festival Miami - Steve Reich @ 80 Concert



February 10-12, Hartford, CT

'Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!' concerto with Dmitrii Nilov and The Hartford Symphony



February 16, Miami Beach, FL

NuDeco Ensemble @ The North Beach Band Shell



February 21, Naples, FL

Duo Concert with Trumpeter Mary Bowden



March 9-11, Miami, FL

NuDeco Ensemble @ The Lightbox Theater



March 12, Miami, FL

Svet Stoyanov records Mason Bates' 'Sideman' percussion concerto



March 17, Kansas City, MO

Kauffman Center for the Peforming Arts - Svet Stoyanov performs Mason Bates' 'Sideman' percussion concerto



March 18-19, Houston, TX

Svet Stoyanov Masterclasses @ Rice University



April 3, Miami, FL

Frost Percussion Group concert @ University of Miami, Frost School of Music



April 4-7, Houston, TX

Svet Stoyanov Masterclasses @ Rice University



April 6, Houston, TX

Svet Stoyanov in Concert with the Percussion Studio @ Rice University



April 13-15, Miami, FL

NuDeco Ensemble @ The Lightbox Theater



April 28, Baltimore, MD

Svet Stoyanov performs Mason Bates' 'Sideman' percussion concerto



April 24-27, Baltimore, MD

Svet Stoyanov masterclasses @ the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University



Announcement for more future events coming soon

Recent news!


••IN April '16 Svet will perform the world premiere of Paola Prestini's Concerto for Two Percussionists and Orchestra together with Ian Rosenbaum and the Norewgian 1B1 Orchestra! Stay tuned for more details!


••ON June 1 '15 Svet Stoyanov will be awarded tenure at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami. Accepting this honor would make him one of the youngest tenured Percussion professors worldwide. The program he has developed colaboratively at the Frost School is utmost unique, featuring solo, chamber and orchestral percussion simultaneous studies. Additionally to the news about his tenure, Svet, his colleague Matt Strauss and the Frost Percussion Studio have just relocated to a brand new, world class, state-of-the-art percussion facility. Stay tuned for more updates and pictures!




"Khan Variations"

Marimba solo by Alejandro Vinao

"Pillar IV"

Percussion quartet by Andy Akiho

World Premiere Recording - National Sawdust, 2016


Percussion concerto by Mason Bates

World Premiere - 4.26.2015


Encore - Virtuostic Snare Solo by Mitch Markovich

Live concert performance


"Estudios de Frontera" Mov. 1

Percussion quintet by Alejandro Vinao

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"Musique de table"

Ballet for 3 sets of hands by Thierry De Mey

Live performance at TEDx Miami


Improvisation on Bulgarian Tapan

(encore performance at Festival Miami)


Artist album releases:

Featured as guest artist:


Stories and more...

Hi! In this section you can find out curious facts about Svet and get to see/hear some exclusive photographs & footage from his life and career. Enjoy!...


••UPON graduating Musical high school in Pleven - Bulgaria, Svet only applied to study with one teacher: Robert van Sice. After years of studies and continued friendship, Mr. van Sice remains one of the greatest artistic and philosophical inspirations to Svet.


For direct correspondence with Svet Stoyanov by mail, please use his office address at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music:



Svet Stoyanov

Professor of Percussion

Frost School of Music

Patricia Louise Frost Studios,

5501 San Amaro Drive

Coral Gables, FL 33146




Prof. Svet Stoyanov

Frost School of Music

P.O. Box 248165

Coral Gables, FL 33124-7610



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