Voice / Violin

Duo program –

“The voice and violin collaboration - a fusion of Classical, Contemporary, Jazz, and World Music”

Voice / Violin / Piano

Trio program – “ENCORE! Favourite Spanish and French encores”

Clarinet / Voice / Violin / Piano 


Quartet program

The acclaimed Bulgarian ensemble presents a delightful mixture of the favourite master pieces of the Romantic period, with some fascinating Contemporary, Jazz, and World music works of the 19th and 20th Century. A third generation of musicians, the highly talented, young and exuberant members of the Stankov family have wowed audiences across the world with their thrilling performances in major venues such as Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Glasgow Concert Hall, Wigmore Hall, RAI Amsterdam, to name a few, and have recorded and performed for the BBC, Spanish and Bulgarian National TV and Radio.

Voice / Violin - Duo program

“The voice and violin collaboration - a fusion of Classical, Contemporary, Jazz, and World Music”
Gustav Holst (1874- 1934)                               Four Songs for voice and violin
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958)             Along the Field                   
Arthur Bliss (1891 - 1975)                               Sea love        
Darius Milhaud (1892 - 1974)                          Quatre poemes de Cautille           
Rebecca Clarke (1886 - 1979)                         Three Old English Songs              
Boris Blacher(1903-1975)                                Francesca Da Rimini                     
Alan Hovhaness(1911-2000)                            Hercules, op.56                               
Hector Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)                       Suite for voice and violin

Martin Georgiev (1983 - )                               Three songs on poems by Dora Gabe

Program description

The program presents the voice and the violin as duo partners featured in this unusual and interesting combination. It has worked very well with audiences in large and small venues as it explores the partnership between the voice and the violin in a unique and distinctive way. The program is a mixture of Classical, Contemporary, Jazz and World music styles. It features the idea of the evolution of views and music languages throughout the period of the end of 19th Century through 20th Century and nowadays. It takes the listener on a journey of many emotions and characters - from Holst’s music, influenced by the Greek astrology and mythology, through Rebeca Clarke’s (who is the most renowned English female composer) witty and humorous Folk Songs, to Villa-Lobos’s Brazilian rhythms and jazzy harmonies. At the opposite spectrum of the musical palette, the work “Hercules” is featured in which the simplistic style of Alan Hovhaness (who is a "spiritual minimalist" and a pioneer of the East-West Fusion) is put in evidence. In addition, the programme includes Boris Blacher's dazzling work “Francesca Di Rimini”, and cycles of songs from Vaughan-Williams, Arthur Bliss and Darius Milhaud. The program furthermore includes a work especially written for Stankov Ensemble by the composer Martin Georgiev on a Bulgarian theme.


Voice / Violin / Piano - Trio program  

The Stankov Ensemble presents in addition a program in combination with piano featuring some of the most well – known pieces from the Spanish and French composers of the romantic period, with title:


“ENCORE! Favourite Spanish and French encores” 
Manuel de Falla (1876 - 1946)                  Siete canciones populares Españolas      
Soprano/ piano                

Manuel de Falla (1876 - 1946)                  Danza Española, from the opera “La Vida Breve”  
MorenoTorroba (1891 -1982)                   LaMarchenera        
Soprano/ piano 
Claude Debussy -                                    Fireworks     
Piano solo
CharlesGounod (1818-1893)                     Faust - Jewel’sSong          
CharlesGounod (1818-1893)                     Sérénade (textbyVictorHugo)
Soprano/violin/pianoMaurice Ravel (1875 –1937)                     TziganeFantasiedeconcert       
Violin/ piano
GeorgeBizet (1838 – 1875)                      Micaela’s aria from the opera Carmen     
Soprano/ piano
Isaak Albeniz (1860-1909)                        Sevilla, from Suite España
Piano solo
JulesMassenet (1842 - 1912)                  Meditation, fromtheopera “Thais”

EmmanuelA. Chabrier (1841-1894)         Suite España, arr. by Simon Kent           


Clarinet / Voice / Violin / Piano - Quartet program
Stankov Ensemble have teamed up with one of the most prominent Spanish soloists - the clarinettist Venancio Ruis Marti, and are presenting together a fascinating programme featuring duos, trios and quartets from all epochs and styles:
Mozart, W. A.                                               Parto! Ma tu ben mio K. 621
                                                                   Schon lacht der holde Frühling KV 580
Franz Schubert                                             Der Hirt auf dem Felsen Op. 129
Louis Spohr                                                  Sechs Deutsche Lieder Op. 103
Aram Khachaturian                                        Trío
Igor Stravinsky                                              The Soldier’s Tale
Arnold Cooke                                                Three Songs for the Inocence
Kaliwoda J. W.                                              Heimathlied Op. 117                       
Morten Lauridsen                                          Cinco canciones sobre García Lorca
Bella Bartok                                                  Contrast

Venue suitability

The Stankov Ensemble is performing as a duo (voice/violin) or trio (voice/violin/piano) in medium to large size concert venues as well as performing in smaller venues. The duo programme – voice/violin is particularly suitable for smaller venues and in- house concerts. Some of the advantages are the smaller required platform space and avoiding the additional expenses for piano hire.