Mihail Stoyanov

composer, pianist

25.09.1968 - 01.12.2020Varna - Bulgaria

Mihail Stoyanov is a pianist with a marked individuality and an impacting stage presence. A precise technique and a rich tone culture, a feeling for the specifics of various styles define his performance and his affinity for modern music.
Mihail Stoyanov was admitted to the State Academy of Music “Pancho Vladigerov” in 1988, in the piano class of Professors Julia Ganeva and Konstantiv Ganev. He obtained his Master’s degree from the Instrumental Faculty in 1993, in the piano class of Prof. Dimo Dimov. In 1994-1995 he specialized with Prof. Christopher Elton in the Royal Academy of Music in London.
He took part in the piano masterclasses, given by Prof. Imogen Cooper in London and Prof. Dominique Merlet from the Geneva Conservatory of Music.
In 1999 he specialized in Vienna with Prof. Laszlo Gereb in the “Gustav Mahler” Conservatory. He studied composing with his father, the composer Prof. Pencho Stoyanov, Doctor of Art.
Mihail Stoyanov has performed as a guest soloist with symphonic and chamber orchestras and given successful concerts in Bulgaria and many European countries. Some of his performances have been released as vinyl records by “Balkanton”, he has made recordings with the Bulgarian National Radio, the Bulgarian National Television and the German Television. He has released three CDs: one with Austrian music – Schubert, Schönberg, Haidmayer; one with Bulgarian music – Vladigerov, Nenov, P. Stoyanov; one with Ludus Tonalis by Hindemith.
In 2004, at the International Festival ”Sofia Music Weeks” and also at the International Festival ”Varna Summer”, M. Stoyanov presented Hindemith’s piano cycle. His performance received extremely positive reviews and the recording was admitted into the archive of the Hindemith Institute in Frankfurt.
As a composer, Mihail Stoyanov works in the field of chamber and symphonic music. He is the author of piano pieces, a piano sonata, a sonata for violin and piano, a vocal cycle, pieces for various chamber ensembles, a symphonic suite, an orchestral fantasia, as well as cadences to Mozart’s concertos for piano and orchestra – Concerto in E flat major, KV 482, and Concerto in C minor, KV 491.
In 2001 he became a member of the Union of Bulgarian Composers. He has won composition awards of the Bulgarian National Radio – for children’s choral songs (1987), of the International Composition Competition “Music and Earth” – for a cycle of piano pieces, titled “Landscapes” (1996), in 2004 he received the award of the International Composition Competition “Prof. Ivan Spasov” for his Cantata Brevis. In 2007 he won the award for the composition of a hymn of the city of Balchik. In the 2017 session of the Cultural Fund of “Musicautor” he received an award for his work “Reminiscences for Piano”.


Symphonic orchestra works:
Symphonic suite (1994);
Fantasia for orchestra (1995).

Piano works:
Toccata for piano (1985);
Scherzo for piano (1987);
Sonatina for piano (1993);
“Landscapes” cycle (1996);
Sonata (2002);
Preludium (2004);
Cadences to Mozart’s Concerto for piano and orchestra in E flat major, KV 482 and Mozart’s Concerto for piano and orchestra in C minor, KV 491 (2005);

Reminiscences for piano and orchestra (2017).

Chamber music:
Sonata for violin and piano (1985);
Three pieces for flute and piano (1986).

Choral music:
Children’s choral songs:
A hymn of the city of Balchik (2007);
Cantata Brevis (2004).

Vocal music:
A three-song cycle with lyrics by Dr. Shopov (1995).