The Stankovs are a third generation of musicians rooted in the finest of musical traditions of their native Bulgaria.
Since settling in the UK, they have performed individually and together to great critical acclaim at all the major chamber music venues in London including the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, St-Martin-in-The-Fields, King’s Place and the Purcell Room, as well as at the Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Glasgow Concert Hall, St. George’s Hall, and De Montfort Hall, to name a few.
The Stankov brothers recently recorded a CD of two concertos by Mendelssohn with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Meridian Label. The recording has been critically acclaimed as one of '...Dazzling Virtuosity...' (Classical Music Daily), and '...a disc to treasure...' (MusicWeb International), and described as '...an exhilarating experience...,immaculate to the tee...' (ConcertoNet). The CD has also been labeled as Highly recommended by Classical Music Daily, and Recommended by Music Web International.
The ensemble's debut CD entitled “Musical evenings with Stankov Ensemble“ was rated five stars by the critic James Palmer in Musical Opinion and was enthusiastically recommended as a ‘…surprisingly successful and very well recorded disk…’. The album was also highly praised in a number of music specialized publications stating that “…the performances are always of a high standard and to much to both move and charm…“ (Planet Hugill), and that “…the recording quality is excellent and the performances technically impeccable and deeply committed... “ (MusicWeb International).
Stankov Ensemble have performed as soloists with orchestras in the UK, Spain and Bulgaria such as English Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic, and Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of Kantorov, Lanzetta, Seghedoni, Dafov, Djouroff, Kamdzhalov, Georgiev, and Alex Ingram, amongst others.
The ensemble has performed a number of world premieres dedicated especially to them, by composers such as Grammy – nominated Dobrinka Tabakova, Martin Georgiev, Gheorghi Arnaoudov, Georgi Andreev, Gwyn Pritchard and Marcos Fernandez. Since its launch, Stankov Ensemble has participated in most of Bulgaria’s major International festivals such as “Sofia Music Weeks”, “Varna Summer”, “Music Days in Balabanov’s House“, and “Sofia Winter Festival”, as well as performing for a number of music clubs and societies in the UK, such as those in Bath, Redbridge and Theydon Boys.
Recent highlights include performances with Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra (New York), Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica do Rio
Grande do Norte (Natal, Brazil), Orquesta do Gramado (Brazil), Orquestra da Camera della Sardegna (Italy),
Philharmonia Orchestra, and Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra.
Vania lost her battle with breast cancer in 2017 at the age of 43 in the prime of her professional career. She will be missed dearly and always be remembered in our hearts.