Svetozar Ivanov (Bulgaria/USA)

6th Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial Competition Jury member


Pianist Svetozar Ivanov has made numerous appearances as recitalist and orchestra soloist in Europe and North America. All Music Guide 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, Seiler Piano Festival in Crete, Mansfield 22 in London, Walled City Music Festival in Northern Ireland, Royal Academy of Music in Denmark, Incontro sulla Tastiera in Italy, Royal Irish Academy of Music, „Salon des Arts“ and „Sofia Music Weeks“ in Bulgaria, North Netherlands Conservatory, Zurich Conservatory in Switzerland, Vicenza Conservatory in Italy, Festival „Peter the Great“ in the Netherlands, Robert Helps International Festival in New York City, Chautauqua Music Festival in New York, Killington Music Festival in Vermont, Fox River Chamber Music Festival in Wisconsin, Sequoia Concerts in San Francisco, The Steinway Series and International Piano Series in Florida as well as numerous concert series at universities throughout the USA. Svetozar Ivanov is Associate 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 at USF.

He has served on juries for the Konzerteum International Piano Competition in Greece, the Seiler International Piano Competitions in Crete, the International Youth Music Festival and Competition in Bulgaria, and the Chautauqua Music Festival Piano Competition. Svetozar Ivanov holds degrees from the Bulgarian National Conservatory and University of Michigan (DMA).