STANKOV ENSEMBLE 

Established in 2008, the refreshingly unique Stankov Ensemble specialises in repertoire for soprano and violin, and for soprano, violin and piano, composed by some of the leading European and American 20th-century composers. Equally passionate about contemporary music, the Stankov Ensemble has recently given a number of world premieres, all dedicated to them, by GheorghiArnaudov, DobrinkaTabakova, Martin Georgiev and Gwyn Pritchard.
 
In the UK, the Stankov Ensemble has performed to great critical acclaim at all the major chamber music venues in London, including Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room on the South Bank, King’s Place, the Cadogan Hall and St Martin-in-The-Fields, as well as at bigger venues nationwide such as the Bridgewater Hall, St. George's, Bristol and the Royal Albert Hall.
 
The Stankov Ensemble recently performed as soloists with the English Chamber Orchestra, and has also performed individually with such leading orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and with many of the Bulgarian symphony orchestras.
 
Vania, Ivo and Lachezar are recipients of many prizes and awards. Finalist of "Premio Caruso" and the "Logrono International Competition", Vania was also awarded a scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Education, and the "Donizetti award" from the Welsh National Opera School for two consecutive years. Ivo was awarded a full scholarship to do Postgraduate Studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. His brother Lachezar won prices in competitions in Bulgaria as well as in Romania and the Czech Republic, and was awarded one of the only two full ABRSM Scholarships for overseas students, to study at the Royal College of Music in London.
 
Since its launch, the ensemble has participated in major international festivals in Bulgaria as those of Sofia Music Weeks, Varna Summer, Sofia Winter Festival, and AmBul Festival, as well as performing for a several music clubs and societies in the UK, such as those in Bath, Redbridge and Theydon Boys.
 

 PRESS QUOTES:  
 
The ensemble has proven their skills in building up the dramaturgy in their programme, which captures the attention and holds it all the way to the end, suggesting the ideas as if in one breath. Succinctly, with no excess. And so on. From the Bulgarian song-writer, the jubilee, through another jubilee - John Adams, the Armenian - Alan Hovhaness, John Williams and Martin Georgiev.A journey through different ages, different styles, different signatures, felt and interpreted by VaniaStankova, Ivo Stankov and LachezarStankov.
 
A musical family, which not only works as an ensemble, but every one of whom has reached the high interpretative state, and level. I call it a state, because in chamber music the pulse of every participant must be the pulse of a whole body. And this happens somewhat naturally in this family ensemble.
 
‘Duma’ National Newspaper, Sofia
 
 
“The Trio performed the Spanish repertoire with finesse and style – the most memorable of the evening were De Falla’s ‘Seven Popular Songs’, exquisitely performed by Vania and LachezarStankov; Ravel’s ‘Tsigane’ where Ivo Stankov’s playing was spirited and temperamental, and LachezarStankov’s dazzling performance of ‘Sevilla’ from the Suite ‘España’ by Albeniz. In the arias the singer showed the quality of her voice and the intelligent use of timbre, strength and dynamics.
At the end of the concert we heard the Suite ‘España’ by Chabrier arranged for voice, violin and piano – original and effective.”
‘Kultura’ National Newspaper, Sofia