Pianist Svetoslav Todorov is a General Director of the STAR Platform and is a Master of Piano Performance with Distinction from the Royal College of Music, London, studying classical and contemporary piano with Dina Parakhina and jazz piano with Michael Moran, supported by the Jenny Marsh Chapman Memorial Award and the Bucher Frazer Scholarship. He was born into a musical family and began his studies at the Dobri Hristov National Music School – Varna and Pancho Vladigerov National Academy of Music in Bulgaria. He then went on to the University of Edinburgh studying with Peter Evans, where he received a Bachelor of Music with distinction. Whilst there, Svetoslav was the winner of the Tovey Memorial Prize 2012 for best promising performance, making him the second first-year student ever to win it and one of the only pianists.
Svetoslav has also been a recipient of several other awards including the Edinburgh Award, Edinburgh Festival Competition Concerto Final Winner, and Grand Prix in Moscow. He was selected as one of the top recipients for the 2014 Award for Young Concert Artists. Svetoslav has received coaching from musicians including Dmitry Bashkirov, Natalia Troull, Dmitry Alexeev, Peter Hill, Pascal Nemirovski, Bruce Brubaker, Fulvio Turissini, Chantal Stigliani, Rudolf Jungwirth, Victor Chuchkov, Steven Osborne.
Svetoslav has performed recitals across Europe in venues such as the Gaveau Hall in Paris and Moscow’s Rachmaninov Hall. In February 2014 he was invited to perform for HRH The Princess Royal in the Palace of Holyrood in Edinburgh. Svetoslav made his concerto debut with the Varna and Shumen Philharmonic orchestras in Bulgaria. He has also performed Gershwin’s Concerto in F with the Meadows Chamber Orchestra and the Grieg’s A minor Concerto with the Edinburgh Charity Orchestra.
He was invited to play a series of concerts with the Artisan Trio in Edinburgh, commissioning new pieces, including works by the BBC Proms composer Shiori Usui. They recorded the soundtrack for the Canadian Film Frameworks composed by Nigel Osborne, which later won the 31st International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) Award 2013 and best Canadian Film, Montreal.
Svetoslav performed Hallelujah Junction as part of the Edinburgh International Festival 2015 at the Queen’s Hall. He was the first prize winner of the 9th International Kyushu ‘J.S.Bach’ Competition in Fukuoka, Japan, Dec 2015. Svetoslav performed music by Steve Reich for Steve Reich in presence in a special concert dedicated to his Honorary Degree awarded by the Royal College of Music. After auditions, Svetoslav was chosen to represent the RCM at the Manhattan School of Music, New York from August until December 2016. He is one of the adjudicators of the Trixie International Art Festival, Bulgaria.
The Royal Opera House leader Vasko Vassilev describes him as “a very good pianist” and Nigel Kennedy as “phenomenal”.