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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 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, Cristian Macelaru, Gerard Schwarz, Oliver Knussen, Marin Alsop and Pierre Boulez. Svet Stoyanov has recorded for numerous labels, featuring Telarc, Naxos and Bridge Records. His albums Percussive Counterpoint, as well as Textures and Threads were broadcast internationally and applauded for their artistic integrity and virtuosic ingenuity.

A passionate advocate for contemporary music, Svet has commissioned a significant body of solo and chamber works. American Rome Prize winner Andy Akiho completed a work for Mr. Stoyanov and his Time Travelers Percussion Project, titled Pillar IV. The work was premiered to great acclaim at New York City’s National Sawdust.

Recent highlight projects feature the commission and performances of Sideman: a percussion concerto written for Svet Stoyanov by Musical America’s Composer of the Year 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 release, together with Maestro Robert Carnochan and the Frost Wind Ensemble.

Svet Stoyanov is a proud member of the groundbreaking Robert van Sice Percussion Collective. With this group he gave the world premiere of Garth Neustadter’s Seaborne. Svet will join the Collective for upcoming chamber music concerts in Bejing and Shanghai, as well as concerto performances with the Baltimore, Oregon and Colorado Symphony Orchestras.

An inspiring upcoming project of Svet’s features the release of multiple audio/video recordings, under the umbrella of Elemental Culture. This project features real cinematographic capturing of recording sessions. It strives to immerse the listener far deeper into the music, by allowing them to experience it visually, as well as audibly. Among the featured titles is a special collaboration with Katarzyna Mycka – a duo recording of Passacaglia by Anna Ignatowicz Glińska. In late 2018 Svet and Katarzyna will head to Opole, Poland for the world premiere of Ms. Glińska’s double marimba concerto.

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. 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 ProMark .

Svet Stoyanov has performed in more than one thousand recitals and has presented over two hundred masterclasses worldwide. His artistic mission is committed to the purity, quality and virtue of music.


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Upcoming Events - Season 2019-20


Svet's upcoming season dates will be announced shortly. Performances feature concerto dates with Grant Park, Curtis, Hartford and Lexington Symphony Orchestras, as well as multiple recordings and a European tour in Vienna, London, Amsterdam and Munich. Please stay tuned!

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)


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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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