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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, Svet was also presented with the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Award. His career highlights feature solo concerto appearances with the Chicago, Seattle and Houston 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 as a soloist include Pierre Boulez, Marin Alsop, Cristian Macelaru, JoAnn Falletta, Gerard Schwarz, Oliver Knussen and James Conlon.

A passionate advocate for contemporary music, Svet has commissioned a significant body of solo and chamber works. A recent highlight commission is a Double Percussion Concerto, written for Mr. Stoyanov by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, titled Duo Duel. The work was premiered with Co-Soloist Matthew Strauss and the Houston Symphony Orchestra in 2022, under the baton of Robert Spano. The premiere performances of Duo Duel were also recorded for a CD release, which was recently published by Naxos. The concerto was subsequently performed in Miami, at the Frost School of Music, led by Gerard Schwarz and most recently, at the 2023 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, under the baton of Cristian Macelaru.

A recent solo concerto collaboration highlight of Svet's was his performance of Emmanuel Sejourne's Marimba concerto, with the Classical Tahoe Festival Orchestra. The concert was recorded for a broadcast and was released on PBS Reno in 2023.

Another highlight project is the commission and performances of Sideman: a percussion concerto written for Svet Stoyanov by Grammy-winning Composer Mason Bates. Sideman was performed in Miami, The Kennedy Center, Kansas City’s Kauffman Center and in Baltimore City. It was also recorded by Svet for an upcoming Album release.

Svet Stoyanov is a proud co-founding member of the groundbreaking project The Percussion Collective. This group features some of the finest percussionists in the world and is dedicated to redefining and elevating the concert percussion experience. With The Collective, Svet recently toured China and premiered Christopher Theofanidis’ Drum Circles Concerto with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. Since the preiere, he has performed the piece with the Florida Orchestra, Hartford, Baltimore and The Curtis Symphony Orchestras. The group is soon to release their debut album, featuring world premiere recordings, including Svet both, as a performer and co-producer.

An inspired and passionate music producer, Svet has directed numerous works for The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music during virtual seasons of 2020 and 2021. Most recently, he collaborated with flutist Jennifer Grim on her highly acclaimed debut recording, Through Broken Time, which was featured in the New York Times. In addition, he regularly produces and performs on numerous projects of his own and for many other artists. In 2023 Svet recorded all percussion tracks for Miami’s genre-bending Nu Deco Ensemble new album release, Duende. As a past active member of Nu Deco, he has collaborated and performed with artists such as Jacob Collier, Ben Folds, Magda Giannikou and many others. Currently Svet is actively producing and recording numerous tracks for an upcoming Solo Album, featuring premiere recording releases.

In parallel with his diverse performance career Svet Stoyanov is a dedicated and passionate educator, committed to empowering the new musical voices of the 21st century. Currently the Director and Professor of Percussion Studies at the highly acclaimed Frost School of Music, University of Miami, he has collaboratively built a most unique, vibrant and innovative modern percussion program . Students of Svet Stoyanov hold positions in major orchestras, educational institutions, and have won numerous competition prizes worldwide. Svet endorses some of the finest percussion instruments and products today, namely Adams , Remo , Zildjian , Pearl and VicFirth .

Svet Stoyanov’s artistic mission is committed to the authenticity, virtue, and transformative power of music.


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Upcoming Events - Season 2021-22

Please stay tuned for additional events, based on previous Covid-related cancellations



October 1-2, 2021

Here and Now Festival , featuring the world premiere of Dorothy Hindman's Questions we don't dare ask ourselves for Flute, Percussion, electronics and theatrics


October 3, 2021

Frost Music Live Series Concert , featuring a world premiere transcription of Piazzolla's Le Grand Tango for Percussion Sextet. Stream Link


October 16-17, 2021

Seaborne Concerto , with the Boise Philharmonic and The Percussion Collective. Conducted by Eric Garcia


October 23, 2021

World Percussion Group Virtual Showcase and Masterclass


October 29, 2021

Histoire Du Tango by Piazzolla, with Flutist Jennifer Grim


November, 2021

Producer for a private project


February 5, 2022

Frost Percussion Group Chamber Music Concert


March 24-26, 2022

Drum Circles Concerto, with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and The Percussion Collective. Conducted by Michael Francis


May 6-8, 2022

Duo Duel Concerto by Jennifer Higdon - WORLD PREMIERE, with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and Matthew Strauss. Conducted by Robert Spano


June, 2022



July - TBA, 2022

Festival Napa Valley


July - TBA, 2022

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music


Recent news!


••IN May '22 Svet will perform the WORLD PREMIERE of Jennifer Higdon's Duo Duel Concerto for Two Percussionists and Orchestra together with Matthew Strauss and the Houston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Robert Spano! This is a dream-come-true project and subsequent performances are being scheduled. Stay tuned!




"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)


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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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