Pianist Svetozar Ivanov has made numerous appearances as recitalist and orchestra soloist in Europe and North America. All Music Guide and Fanfare Magazine praised his two 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”.
Recent performance venues include Carnegie, Merkin, and Steinway Halls in New York, Salle Gaveau and Association Philomuses in Paris, The Bethaniënklooster in Amsterdam, Mansfield 22 in London, Pianotune Festival in Belgium, PianoEchos Festival in Italy, DDR Radio in Berlin, Seiler Piano Festival in Crete, Walled City Festival in Northern Ireland, Royal Academy of Music in Denmark, Irish Academy of Music, “Salon des Arts” and “Sofia Music Weeks” in Bulgaria, Zurich Conservatory in Switzerland, Festival “Peter the Great” in the Netherlands, Chautauqua Festival in New York, Killington Festival in Vermont, Fox River Chamber Music Festival in Wisconsin, Sequoia Concerts in San Francisco, The International Piano Series in Florida, as well as numerous concert series at universities throughout the US.
Svetozar Ivanov is especially recognized for his creative work in designing unusual concert formats combining music with other art forms (documentary footage, art films, animation, poetry, short stories, live dance improvisation, paintings, lighting design). An art form in themselves, these evocative programs suggest one complete aesthetic idea that develops throughout the program.
Svetozar Ivanov is Professor of Piano at University of South Florida, serves as Artist Faculty at Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont, and is the Artistic Director of the Steinway Piano Series in Florida. He has served as a Jury member at the Isidor Bajic Competition in Serbia, Seiler International Piano Competition in Crete, the Konzerteum International Piano Competition in Greece, the International Youth Music Festival and Competition in Bulgaria, and the Chautauqua Music Festival Piano Competition in NY.
Svetozar Ivanov holds degrees from the Bulgarian National Conservatory and University of Michigan.