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Vesko Stambolov

Vesko Stambolov received a solid and versatile music education in his native Bulgaria.  His teachers are Maria Gineva, Dimo Dimov and Krasimir Taskov.

He has toured Austria, Germany, England, Italy, Catalonia, Basque country, Spain, Greece, South Korea, Turkey, Algeria, among other countries and has participated as a soloist in multiple concerts with every Bulgarian orchestra, performing a repertoire of over forty piano concerti by J. S. Bach (BWV 1052 through BWV 1065), C. Ph. E. Bach, J. C. Fr. Bach, J. C.  Bach, L. Koželuch, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Rachmaninov (№ 3), Prokofiev (№ 3), Shostakovich (№ 1), Henryk Górecki, and other composers.

A passionate J. S. Bach performer, Stambolov presented monographic Bach recitals at Vienna’s Musikverein, at the new concert hall MuTh in Vienna; in Barcelona; at the Sofia Baroque Arts Festival, Apollonia Festival in Sozopol, and Varna Summer. On several occasions, he has performed the integral of Bach’s concerti for one, two, three and four pianos and orchestra. The German label Meta Records released three CDs of Vesko Stambolov with the seven solo piano concerti by J. S. Bach and the two piano concerti by Chopin in a chamber version. Piano News distinguished his first Bach CD as a “CD of the month for May and June 2004”.

He recorded a double CD with music by Rachmaninov for two pianos with Vessela Marinova for the British label Nimbus Records.  Stambolov also released a CD with Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D major with the Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra and conductor Plamen Djurov. Recently Piano duo Emili Brugalla and Vesko Stambolov released a CD with Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Prokofiev’s Cinderella on the Catalan label Columna Música.

Stambolov is a fervent promoter of the Bulgarian composers. He is the first performer of the integral of late works of Pancho Vladigerov - Op. 64 through 70. He has in his repertoire Lubomir Pipkov’s Piano Concerto and all Pipkov’s piano solo and chamber works; Marin Goleminov’s Piano Concerto; solo and chamber works by Dimitar Nenov, Veselin Stoyanov, Marin Goleminov, Parashkev Hadjiev, Alexander Raichev, Boris Karadimchev, Georgi Minchev, Alexander Tekeliev, Krassimir Taskov, Miroslav Danev, Petar Petrov and other Bulgarian composers. In March 2021 Columna Música released the last CD of Vesko Stambolov - Bulgarian Piano Miniatures, featuring works by Nenov, Pipkov, Goleminov, Vladigerov and Stoyanov.

Stambolov won several national and international competitions and he is a laureate of the National awards Marin Goleminov 2020 and Crystal Lyre 2004.

At present Vesko Stambolov lives in Catalonia and he is piano and chamber music professor at Conservatori Superior del Liceu in Barcelona.

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