Marimba Masterclass

Marimba Masterclass with Svet Stoyanov

Marimba virtuoso Svet Stoyanov will lead a marimba masterclass at PASIC 2018!

Up to 3 participants will be selected via video submission and will perform live at PASIC
on Saturday, November 17 at 11:00AM in Room 109.

About Svet Stoyanov:

Svet Stoyanov

Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

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.

Marimba Masterclass Sign Up Process

To participate in the Marimba Masterclass with Svet Stoyanov:

  • All applicants must be active PAS Members at the VIP Level or higher.
  • All applicants must submit an unedited video recording of the complete work they wish to perform for the masterclass. Players should choose a mallet solo that moves and inspires them: compositions of depth, imagination and musical substance.
    • The length of each work should not exceed 10 min, and if it does, an up to 10 min concise section of it would be sufficient. There are no limitations to musical style, musical era or genres.
  • All applicants must send video URL and PAS ID to: Alison Mitchell – intern@pas.org by October 12.
  • All participants must be pre-registered for PASIC.
  • Up to three (3) participants will be selected from the video submissions and will perform live at PASIC on Saturday, November 17 at 11:00AM in Room 109.