THE BULGARIAN YEARS
Stanislav was born in 1967. He received his first accordion as a present from his parents at the age of five. He started formal accordion lessons at the age of eight in his native town of Shumen (Bulgaria). At the age of ten he joined the Junior Accordion Orchestra, which was conducted by his teacher.
During the 1980s he recorded several times with the Accordion Orchestra for the local Radio Station. In 1984 he won a Gold Medal at the National Festival of Performing Arts in Bulgaria. In 1985 he was accepted at The Academy of Music and Dance in Plovdiv-Bulgaria, where he studied accordion with Prof. Peter Marinov and received a degree in Accordion in 1991, after which he taught at the “Constantine Preslavsky” University – Shumen.
Until 1992 he took part in competitions and concerts in Bulgaria, France and Poland – as a soloist and as a member of different ensembles and in accordion orchestras. In 1992 he moved to Cape Town, where he performs, records and teaches.
THE SOUTH AFRICAN YEARS
In 1999, as a symphonic orchestra member, he performed together with Cape Town Symphonieta at the Sun City Super Bowl, accompanying the British singer Elaine Paige.
In 2000 he joined the orchestra for the production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Artscape Theatre.
In 2001 he formed the highly acclaimed Cape Town Tango Ensemble. He is the leader of the group and has also made arrangements for the group and even composed original music for the group. They appeared in the show Tango del Fuego (written & directed by Martinus Basson) at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre, as well as at the Grahamstown Festival, the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) and the Aardklop Kunstefees in Potchefstroom. They also appeared in the TV series Back Stage on E-TV.
In May 2003, they released their first CD – El Tango en Africa . It was a smash hit.
In October 2003 he performed together with the Cape Town Tango Ensemble at the Bank Windhoek Arts Festival – Namibia, which was recorded and later broadcast on Namibian National TV.
On 29 November 2003, he was invited to perform in the Nelson Mandela 46664 Concert at Green Point Stadium, Cape Town. At that concert he performed in two songs:
Say it is not True , accompanying Brian May & Roger Tailor (from Queen) and Dave Stewart
Great song of Indifference , accompanying Sir Bob Geldof.
There were over 40 000 people at the stadium and the concert was broadcast to an estimated audience of three billion people, which makes it the world’s most widely distributed event.
In 2004 he added a new and very important item to his instrument collection – his first bandoneón.
In February 2004 he was invited by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra to perform the Concerto for Bandoneón (or Accordion) and Orchestra by Astor Piazzolla at the Cape Town City Hall as well as at the Endler Hall in Stellenbosch.
During 2004 he also performed the leading bandoneón part in the production of the Tango Operita “Maria de Buenos Aires ” (by Astor Piazzolla) at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre, as well as at the Grahamstown Festival, the KKNK and the Aardklop Kunstefees in Potchefstroom.
He also performed together with his Cape Town Tango Ensemble and Mark Hoeben and Ina Wichterich from Tango Cape Town, at the Bank of Windhoek Arts Festival – Namibia.
Also in 2004, he was commissioned to compose a song and some of the music for the soundtrack of the short film The First and Last Love of Leonardo Lopes .
In 2005 he performed again with the Cape Town Tango Ensemble at the KKNK with great success. Later in 2005, he took a trip to Buenos Aires to study with bandoneón maestros Ricardo Fiorio and Hugo Satorre.
In 2006 he appeared at the KKNK in two different shows:
- Tango de la Buena Esperanza (all shows were sold out)
- All about Tango
In 2007 he led an extended six-piece version of his Cape Town Tango Ensemble for a tango item at the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards, with Mark Hoeben & Ina Wichterich, at the Artscape Theatre. Later in the same year, together with the Cape Town Tango Ensemble, he provided the Music for a scene in the German film The time of the Snake .
In 2008, he released the CD OPERA de Light with the group Belle Voci.
In March 2010 he released the second CD of the Cape Town Tango Ensemble called Tango Club , which audiences have embraced with great enthusiasm. This album includes three of his own compositions.
Stanislav is the leader of the following Ensembles:
- Cape Town Tango Ensemble (Accordion, Violin, Piano & Bass)
- Blue Danube Trio (Violin, Accordion & Bass)
- Mediterranean Ensemble (Violin, Accordion & Mandolin)
Besides that, he very often accompanies opera singers. He often performs as a solo artist at concerts, corporate events and private functions.
From 1994-96, Stanislav made recordings for the SABC (Classical Music) and he participated in numerous Radio & TV commercials.
He has been featured in the following CDs of South African artists (amongst many more):
- Vladimir (1997)
- Pascal sings Brel (1999)
- Ohm te Breyten (1999)
- Alpha (2000)
- Equilibrium – Koos Kombuis (2002)
- Tydloos – Daniele Pascal (2003)
- ‘n Jaar in die Son – Koos Kombuis & Valiant Swart (2003)
His own CDs are:
- Stanislav – his first solo album (1997)
- El Tango en Africa (Cape Town Tango Ensemble) ( 2003)
- OPERA de Light (with the group Belle Voci) (2008)
- Tango Club (Cape Town Tango Ensemble) (2010)
His instruments are:
- Scandalli Conservatorio LXC – 1996 (Convertible Free Bass Accordion)
- Fantini CP/10 Cassotto – 2002 (Musette Accordion)
- Excelsior Art van Damme model – 2006 (Jazz Accordion)
- Victoria Astor DT Primero – 2008 (Bandoneón)