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Biography of prof. Angel Stankov

Prof. Angel Stankov

One of the most versatile Bulgarian musicians.  As a soloist, chamber performer, first violinist at the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and most lately- conductor, he actively participates in the concert life at home, and presents the Bulgarian music culture in the world.
Professor at NMA “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” since 1996.
Vice-rector at NMA (1999-2008).
Visited most European countries, USA, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore and Cuba, and he has played in the most prestigious halls: Carnegie Hall- New York, Kennedy Center-Washington, Gewandhaus-Leipzig, The Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Izumi Hall- Osaka, Suntory Hall- Tokyo, Nice Opera, and others. Along with Yosif Radionov, he is a bearer of number of prestigious awards, among which are the “Golden Lyre” of SBMTD, a Diploma for high performance mastery from the ХІІ World Youth Festival in Moscow, Art Award of  Ecoforum for peace, Award “Golden feather”, Award of the “Citizen” association, the Award “100 years B. Bartok”, deed for high performance mastery of the Ministry of Culture, 1st prize and a golden medal of the 1st International Competition for chamber music in Osaka’93.

He realized recordings individually and with the violin duo Stankov- Radionov for BNR, BNT, Balkantone and BBC-London, Radio Hague, Radio Prague, Russian and French TV, Iomuiri Television, Radio NHK- Japan and others.
He leads master classes at the International Summer Academy Semering- Austria (3 consecutive years), Las Vegas, Vaymar, Asor- Turkey, Odrin- Turkey.

As a conductor, Angel Stankov he advances under the guidance of Hristo Ivanov, Dobrin Petkov and Asen Naydenov, but he learns from numerous other Bulgarian and foreign masters of the baton.  Initially he conducts chamber orchestras, such as the NMS “Lubomir Pipkov” orchestra, and later he also works as a symphonic conductor.  The concerts “British Music”- in collaboration with the British council, presenting premiers of many unknown to us English compositions, indeed make an impression; also, the important series “Beethoven’s Symphonies” (1999-2000) in collaboration with the European Commission, dedicated to 230 years since the birth of Beethoven and 50 years since the founding of the European Union, and the IX symphony of Beethoven was broadcasted on national television on the 9th May – Europe Day. The symphonies are recorded directly and some of them were also broadcasted on the national radio.  The conducted by Stankov series “First award winners at international competitions from Balkan countries”, where he helps numerous young people from the Balkan region in their first steps at the big concert stage, sparks great interest.
As a conductor Angel Stankov makes appearances at orchestras in Thessaloniki, Nis, Kiev, Kharkov.

Member and chair of jury at the international contests as HELEXPO, Commongreek competition for violinists, “Maria Yudina”-St. Petersburg , “Kloster Schoental”-Germany, “ Rodolfo Lipider ”(Italy), “Carl Flesch”- Hungary, “P. Vladigerov”, “Nedyalka Simeonova”.
Included in the edition “Who’s who in music” of the Cambridge Biographic Institute and is a member of the consultative council for Eastern Europe. Also features in the publication: “Who’s who in Bulgaria”.
In 2009 he was awarded with the “Order of the British Empire”.

“Angel Stankov is not only a very promising violinist, but he also has great sensitivity and nobleness of character, determining the true musician.” (Lord Yehudi Menuhin)


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