“Performing on a Steinway for me is always artistically rewarding – it offers countless possibilities of colors and nuances that are very unique for the Steinway brand.”
Pianist Svetozar Ivanov has appeared as recitalist and orchestra soloist at prestigious performance venues including Carnegie, Merkin, and Steinway Halls in New York City, Salle Gaveau and Association Philomuses in Paris, The Bethaniënklooster in Amsterdam, Goldsmith in London, Pianotune Festival in Belgium, PianoEchos and Autunno Musicale Festivals in Italy, Razumovsky Salon in Vienna, Volt Zsinagoga in Gyor, DDR Radio in Berlin, Seiler Piano Festival in Crete, Walled City Festival in Northern Ireland, “Salon des Arts” and “Sofia Music Weeks” in Bulgaria, Festival “Peter the Great” in the Netherlands, RNCM in Manchester, Royal Academy of Music in Denmark, Irish Academy of Music, Chautauqua Festival in New York, Killington Festival in Vermont, Sequoia Concerts in San Francisco, as well as numerous concert series at universities throughout the US.
All Music Guide and Fanfare Magazine praised his recent solo CD’s; the CD “Naked Tango” was called “superbly original, quite moving, personal and musically absorbing” while his CD “Vers la flamme” was celebrated for performances which were “played with aplomb, panache and complete conviction” and interpretation “filled with sensual longing, anguished yearning, anxious dread and provocative energy”. Regarding his most recent CD “Echo”, Fanfare magazine wrote: “Ivanov’s most distinctive gift as a pianist is his ability to draw us inward, which imparts the feeling that we’re approaching a mystery.
Svetozar Ivanov is especially recognized for his creative work designing unusual concert formats combining music with other art forms (documentary footage, art films, animation, poetry, short stories, live dance improvisation, paintings, lighting design). He is a piano professor at University of South Florida, serves as Artist Faculty at Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont, Brancaleoni Music Festival in Italy, International Keyboard Odyssiad in Colorado, and is the Artistic Director of the Steinway Piano Series in Florida.
Svetozar Ivanov holds degrees from the Bulgarian National Conservatory and University of Michigan (Doctor of Musical Arts).