Ivo - violin

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Ivo Stankov has become one of Bulgaria’s leading and most versatile artists of his generation. 

Described by the press as “a stunning virtuoso” he has captivated audiences in the UK and in Europe with his “commanding” style and “spirited” performances. He is equally at home as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and educator.

As a soloist he has performed with the English Chamber Orchestra, and with some of Bulgaria’s most established orchestras such as Sofia Soloists, Sofia Sinfonietta, Varna, Burgas and Pazardjik Philharmonic. He has performed at most of UK’s concert halls such as Royal Albert Hall, Glasgow Concert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elisabeth Hall, the Barbican and the Bridgewater Hall.

As a recitalist and chamber musician Ivo has also performed at all major chamber music venues in London, such as Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, the South Bank, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and also at Westminster Parliament, the RAI Congress Centre (Amsterdam), and Bulgaria National Hall.He has collaborated with international artists such as Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, the film composer Johann Johannsson (Theory of Everything), Chilingirian Quartet, pianist Ashley Wass, cellists Guy Johnston and Stefan Popov.

Ivo has made a number of recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio. His debut CD album of Beethoven’s violin sonatas was described as “an excellent record” and was awarded five stars by Britain’s oldest classical music magazine Musical Opinion.

As a founder of “Stankov Ensemble” he has premiered a number of works by leading Bulgarian and British composers. He also premiered in London the violin concerto ‘Phantasmagorias’ written by Gheorghi Arnaoudov.

Ivo is the leader of Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra and Iskra String Quartet, and is in addition regularly leading a number of ensembles in London. He has also been invited as a guest leader of the Sofia Symphony Orchestra, Independent Opera at Sadler's Wells, and the London Schubert Players.

In addition to his busy performing career Ivo is a Violin professor in the Junior department of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and is also a violin tutor with the South London Youth Orchestra. He is regularly invited as a jury member of competitions for young performers and also is giving Master Classes internationally.

Particularly interested in the propagation of Bulgarian music abroad Ivo founded the London Festival of Bulgarian Culture. Its three extremely successful editions led to Ivo being awarded the Silver medal by the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Gold Medal ‘Boris Hristov’ by the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture.

In 2015/16 season Ivo has performed with Barth Festival Orchestra - Germany, Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra - USA, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra – New York, Orchestra of Rio Grande do Norte - Brazil, and Orquestra da Camera della Sardegna - Italy. His upcoming engagements in 2016/17 season include performances with London Mozart Players, Isle of Wight Orchestra, and Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra - Bulgaria.

He plays on 1787 Gagliano violin, kindly lent to him by the Independent Opera at Sadler's Wells.